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03-28-2005, 10:28 PM
We are a fun group of working stiffs!! We love to chat about our crazy days and trying to stay focused on losing weight! It dosen't matter what your weight goals are, it dosen't matter if you have kids or not, it dosen't matter what diet plan you are following, and it dosen't matter if you fall off the wagon. (who dosen't ) We love to chat about surviving the parties at work, the mad dash to get home and get dinner together, staying ahead of the laundry, and trying to make healthy choices among it all! And above all we like to have fun!! Anyone is welcome to join in!!

03-29-2005, 12:31 AM
Hi. My name is Kim and I would love to join you "working stiffs". I work the night shift, 7P-7A, 3 nights/week. I have a 13 year old son, so I stay pretty busy. I've been trying to get this weight off since October, but for the last 3 months I've gained and lost the same 5 pounds over and over. Well, I'm ready to get serious now. Summer is getting closer and closer and I'll have to wear a bathing suit soon. I usually track my calories on and I go to the gym 5 days/week. I've recently started attending spin class, step aerobics, and body sculpting. I'm ready to see some results. I look forward to getting to know all of you. Thanks for the invite Robin!

03-29-2005, 09:44 AM
Good Morning! :coffee2:

Way to go Lori! :wizard: Love the new thread and intro.

Welcome Kim! :wave: Sounds like we are both about the same place. I've hit a plateau after losing 15 pounds. I've struggled to lose ONE lonely pound in about THREE weeks. I also use fitday religiously until recently. I guess I've tried to kid myself that I know what to eat and how to keep my calories down. After binging on chocolate cake last night, I'm not so sure. Chocolate is my WEAKNESS! :chockiss: I have to get back to using fitday more. I am terrible about exercising. Way to go Kim for exercising so regularly. There are lots of dedicated exercisers in our working stiff group. :strong: You'd think I'd catch the bug.

Alas, I am generally so tired after working, commuting and job searching in my spare :lol: time that I spend that little extra bit with DH because I adore the heck out of him. :love: I'm currently trying to convince him to lose 10 pounds with me so that we can spend time together getting fit. We'll see how that goes. :p

I'm hoping today isn't as stressful as yesterday. We're trying to adjust attitudes around the library. My colleague and I are determined to not let the old-bitties here at the library ruin our professional lives. It's hard, I gotta tell you, but doable. ;)

Have a great day ladies. I hope you all find the new thread! :grouphug:

03-29-2005, 02:05 PM
Hi all,

Well I had to go back to work today and I'm having a really hard time. While I was off for spring break, I was literally perfect on my diet. No cheating, I exercised and drank plenty of water. Now that I'm back, I want to munch. I gave away my one good for you snack to a co-worker but kept the pretzels just in case I get hungry with the munchies. But it's so hard not to eat while I work. It's like it's ingrained in my routine. Type some at the keyboard, stick food in my mouth, type some more. I walked in the door this morning and immediately wanted to reach for my snacks. At least they're healthy ones - thanks to all of your suggestions. But I still have to be aware that they have calories and will sabotage me just as much as a candy bar would.

Okay enough about that. I like the new thread and welcome Kim.


03-29-2005, 04:37 PM
Hello ladies! I hope you are all having a wonderful day. It's raining here in Idaho, but we desperately need it. I'm in a good mood today because I'm now in my size 14 jeans. I can't get into all of my 14 pants yet, but I have to start somewhere. So now I just need to get rid of my 16s so that I don't ever grow back into them.

My minigoal for now is to break the 190 mark by my next weigh in, which is April 11. That's only 3 lbs, but I've had a hard time losing more than 2 lbs every two weeks. But no Little Debbie snack cakes this go around. Two of my coworkers brought in donuts and leftover Easter candy (chocolate), but I'm doing pretty good at avoiding it. I had a few little pieces of candy after yesterday's weigh-in, but nothing since.

Lori: Thanks for setting up the new thread. I like the introduction. How's your son doing?

Kim: I'm glad to see you here. I've been with this group for about three weeks now. They're all very nice and supportive. And in spite of our schedules, everyone tends to post fairly often.

Kerry: How long is your commute? I currently have a 45 minute commute, one way. It's really annoying at how much time it takes out of the day. And like you, by time I commute, work, do chores, also job search, and try to spend time with my husband, there's just not much time left. After we build our house, I'll have only a 25-30 minute commute, so that will be better. And of course, I can't forget the sleep. I love my sleep. There's just not enough hours in the day.

Marie: Do you like to chew gum? It sure helps me when I'm sitting at my desk working at the computer. Koolerz has a pina colada, sugar-free gum that's really good.

Paige: Glad to hear you finished with your house. I hope you had a good visit with your dad aside from all the work.

Judy: 12 lbs by Memorial day is very doable. Good luck with it. And we're here for support.

Joetta: I hope the basement cleanup is going well. Are your muscles sore from tearing out the carpet?

Have a great day everyone!

03-29-2005, 08:30 PM
I need your financial help what does insolvency mean? I am looking at all this ugly debt and I remember when my friend filled for bankruptcy everybody offered to settle her debt. I called one credit card and they came down 20% of what I owed. Should I do this or not?? If you don't mind I need some advice!!

03-29-2005, 08:43 PM
Oh goodness everybody, I'm losing my mind!! Welcome Kim!!

Robin Way to go on the size 14's!!! Don't worry I haven't lost more than 2lbs since the first week! So they say this is normal, but it sure is a slow processes!

Marie, type and munch! I used to do that alot when I worked at Verizon, I ruined more headsets from getting tomatoes and dressing in the microphone! I LOVE Quizno's Italian subs!!! But they really made a mess!! Going back to a daylight shift has seemed to calm my munchie button! Oh and I work with a bunch of guys, just try heating something up when they are around. It's not long I'm cooking for all of them! (almost like being at home :lol: )

All right Kerry, it's time to get down to business, I'm only 4lbs behind you so lets make a memorial day goal! If we can get you moving again, I bet that would kick up you loss!! Although I'm planning a cheat day this weekend (pizza and captin) Oh it's been way to long! I'll probably be hung over for days!! Can you see it now, me jumping up and down on that stupid box of mine with a barf bucket!! I may not drink again for another year!! :lol:

Ok I really need to track down Joetta, we close on the house tomorrow and I don't know how to spend my money! Can you imagine a girl not knowing how to spend her money! (I think I should have skipped my evening coffee, I'm a little to wound up!!)
Chat with you all later!!

03-29-2005, 08:46 PM
Lori- Thanks for the new thread!! You did a great job! :cp: :cp: :cp:

Kim- Welcome to our group, we are always glad to have to new "faces". :wave: :wave:

Kerry- Good Luck on getting your husband to join in. My husband is doing WW with me (I think). However he has only lost 10lbs to my 30, but he is trying and it does help me to stay focused. :jeno: :burger: :hungry:

Marie- I am so proud of you for doing so well staying on plan during spring break!! :cb: :cb: :cb:

Robin- Good luck on your minigoal!! You can do it!

I met my birthday goal 4 days early with a pound to spare!!!!! I guess I need to start a new goal! :dance: :dance: :dance: I am not looking forward to my birthday. I guess I only have a few more days to enjoy my 30's. :cry: :cry: :cry:


03-30-2005, 10:01 AM
Good morning ladies! :coffee: It is bright and sunny and beautiful outside here in the Carolinas today. We are supposed to reach temps around 80 degrees!! Of course I have to spend my day in the library instead of the sunshine. :mad: I'll probably try to sneak out during lunch to soak up some Vitamin D.

Lori - I guess I'm planning a cheat day too :lol: DH is a DJ and has a residency on the first Friday of the month at a local club. I don't always go, but I am planning to go this Friday and I will be drinking Martinis for sure! :smug: But you're right, I need to get moving. What kind of a challenge are you presenting? I do really need to get moving to lose more, that's for sure.

On that note - Robin - My commute is about 45 minutes each way as well and that doesn't count the time walking in and out of the hospital up the stairs and into the garage. I feel like I lose so much time in the car. I used to listen to books on tape, but nowadays I just listen to a lot of talk radio. I think it was Marie that mentioned taking the train and that would be GREAT to not have to drive and have that time to read. I am a BIG reader and would rather read than exercise anytime!

Ok I'll also admit that I am lazy. I don't like exercise. I was even a track runner in school. I saw the kids out on the track yesterday and I cringed thinking about training for the season when I was young. I LOVE to swim, but I have no where to do it. EXCUSES EXCUSES! :p

Way to go Robin on the size 14s!! YAY!! :)

Marie - I do better AT work than when I am off. I drink a lot of fluids and that seems to help. I munch on graham crackers, apples and yogurt. I try to eat on a schedule at work and that seems to help. I hope the munchies don't sabotage you!

Paige - CONGRATS on getting to your most recent goal! :cb: And you should not dread turning 40 - You've EARNED those years!! I look forward to that age because I feel like I am still floundering so much at 30 that I'll surely have more to show at 40. So Happy Birthday! :gift: What do you have planned?

Joetta - I hope you're surviving the gutting of the basement. Hopefully you're losing some pounds in the process.

So yeah I've gone on and on. :blah: I'm working the front desk this morning and had the time to post since the library's dead in the morning hours.

Have a great day ladies! :sunny:

03-30-2005, 06:39 PM
Well Kerry, I'm gonna suggest something short, but productive! What type of activity besides running have you done? I do a short 30 min. free weights 3 days a week and usually a longer 50 min. areobic 3 days a week. I use Joyce Vedral's Defination work out to lift with. I highly recomend this book, not the video (it's way too fast and her form is awful) As for my cardio (I was a weakling 10 weeks ago) I started with Susan Powter's step tape. She is really informative and honestly knows what she is doing. The best part there is some not so slim people taking her class (which helps) If this isn't it there are sooooo many options!!! First is to find something that you will do, then second it to do it! I've finally started to look forward to my work outs, and if I skip a day I can tell I'm not quite as up beat. Let me know Kerry, it really stinks to hit a wall three weeks for that one pound, I don't know I may have smashed the scales!!

Any way I'm getting very close to my half way loss, which was a small goal I had set for this weekend (coz we are going out) So I guess it's time to set a new one. I'm averaging about 1lb a week so by memorial day that should be around 8lbs so I'm going to set a 10lb goal for that weekend.

Oh Paige, half the time I don't know how old I am if somebody gives me a pop quiz! After the kids I stopped counting, I don't know how old anybody is, but I know what year everybody was born. So if it's real important I can do the math.

A HUGE THANK YOU!! for the toe advice!!! They were feeling sore today so when I got home I took you all's advice and they feel better (at least I can stand it) I swear if I can let them grow out I'll never cut them again, I'll file them down to keep me from doing this again!!
Ok really yacking now, I'm gonna go eat (Still looking for Joetta, I have money to spend) :lol: I hope they let her out of the basement soon!!

03-30-2005, 08:35 PM
I went walking tonight. I took Bella and she always makes it more of a work out. It's beautiful and warm here today (almost too warm/humid like a precurser to the sweltering summer that awaits me in the south). I guess I need to invest in some new exercise videos. I have the pilates/yoga tape, but I don't like it. Lori, I'm going to go look up the one you mentioned. I guess I'll need a step to do it huh? I looked into checking something out from the library, but they're all out and have waiting lists. :mad: I'd just like to sample a few things to see what I like before I purchase. :sigh: I'll get moving. I don't know if I can lose anymore if I don't.

Good news! :) I got an email from Ohio University today requesting to schedule an interveiw for the first of May. I have a positive vibe :goodvibes about the whole thing and I'm looking forward to visiting the campus and interviewing. Hopefully some of the others I've applied with will contact me in the next month and I'll get a few options, but OU would be good. :)

03-31-2005, 12:16 AM
Evening all,

I hope you all had a better diet day than I had. I screwed up this evening. I was making a dessert for a party tomorrow (that's going to be another diet nightmare) and my fork found it's way into it. All I can say is that I didn't have too much and each bite was worth it. Black Forest Triffle. Mmmm. So, I screwed up but now I'm evening more resolved. I came to my confessional and told you all. I also didn't exercise. I blew the evening away until it was too late to exercise. I need at least 90 minutes before bed to bring me down from exercising or I can't sleep the whole night. So today was a diet screw up.

At work, I did better today than I did yesterday with my healthy snacks. I tried the advice you all gave me to have halthy snacks around for my munchie monster. I had crackers and pretzels. I overate them. So I threw them out this afternoon. I have to go cold turkey or bring a little serving from home. If it's there, I eat it. Tomorrow will be a bust, but on Friday I will bring a small packet of grapes for the morning and the afternoon I just have to make it because I want to feel hunger occasionally (tells me I'm onthe right path - just not lots of hunger - a gnaw here or there is good enough).

So that brings up tomorrow. Our department is having a party and I'm bringing chili and the dessert. I figure the chili is pretty lo-cal but what everyone else is bringing isn't. There aren't that many people (6) and it's very noticed if you don't eat and feelings get hurt bery easily. So I figure I will take a little of everything and push it around my plate. Think that will work? These people mean a lot to me and I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings so if I have to eat, I will. There's always the evening to recover, right?

Speaking of tomorrow, it's a day of beauty. I'm getting my hair trimmed and frosted. I've been growing it out for the last 6 months and it's finally to a stage that I like it. So a trim will shape it up and I decided to add a frosting to it. I've been coloring it red, but it fades back to my natural dark blonde quickly. With swim season and sun around the corner, I didn't want to color it red only to have it fade in a week or two. I have a pool, so the chlorine would strip the color right out of it. So I'm going to have light blonde chunks put in it tomorrow. Should be cool.

KERRY!!!!! AN INTERVIEW!!!!! My prayers are with you. I really hope it works for you. I know how hard this has been for you.

Lori, great news on the halfway goal being reached. I'm way away from that but I'm only half old, so I have years to keep on this trek. Just kidding, in two years, I want to be maintaining not losing. I also don't know how old I am unless I do the math. Today I told someone I was 45 and then did the math (think before speaking Marie) and realized I was 43. Oops.

Have a great Thursday.

03-31-2005, 01:02 AM
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! I've had an O.K. day. I ate half of a package of Keebler chocolate covered graham crackers, but somehow still managed to stay under 1500 calories. I figure I burned about 600 at the gym tonight. I'm doing good with the exercise, but I can't seem to get the eating under control.

Paige- Great job meeting your minigoal!!! :bravo: Do you like doing weight watchers? I was counting points, and that's how I lost my first 17 pounds. I think I will probably start keeping up with points again tomorrow since I know that it works.

Kerry- Chocolate is my weakness too. I ate way too many calories yesterday. 1/2 of my daily calories yesterday were from chocolate. :nono: I just started exercising in October, and at that time I could barely make it up a flight of stairs. Now, I'm addicted. I feel soooo much better when I do it. :workout:

Marie- I have lots of days that I'm in the mood to munch. I have no willpower when we have potlucks at work. I don't know if it's stress related or what, but if the food's there, I'm going to eat it. Good luck tomorrow. :goodluck:

Robin- Way to go on the 14's. WoooHoooo!!! :cb: :cp: You definitely have a challenging workplace. They are always bringing good stuff to eat.

Lori- Sunday is usually my cheat day. I think I might cut it out for a while. I'm pretty sure that if I would cut out my cheat day (or days here lately), my weight loss will pick back up. I could probably lose 2 pounds per week. I kindof lose control though. Sometimes I eat up to 3500 calories on Sundays. :ink: I read that you do a step aerobics video. I just started attending step class about 3 weeks ago and I absolutely love it!

Have a great night!
Kim ;)

03-31-2005, 06:10 PM
I haven't posted for the past two days. I've been feeling kind of blah. My inlaws were all sick this past weekend with a stomach/intestinal virus, and I think my body has been fighting it. I've been nauseated, but not actually enough to get sick. But it was bad enough that I didn't eat any of our Mexican pot luck at work yesterday. I have NEVER turned down Mexican food. I lived the first 29 years of my life in Texas. I can't survive without it. It's in my blood. Instead I didn't eat anything.

However, I did have a small peice of cake later. I ended up regretting that afterwards. I ate some saltine crackers for dinner with a diet Sprite. I've been taking it easy today, too. Not doing bad today, but somewhat tired.

Kim: Your workouts really impress me. I used to work out like that, two years ago. I missed it when I didn't get to do it. Now I just don't have time for quite so much. I wouldn't worry so much about the cookies, either. With the way you work out, you've burned them all off already.

Kerry: Congratulations and good luck with the interivew. I hope it goes well. Did you ever hear anything back from Idaho?

Marie: Black Forest anything is one of my favorites. I love chocolate and cherry together. I bet it was great.

Well, gotta get back to work. Everyone take care. I'll check back in later when I have more time.

03-31-2005, 08:36 PM
Hi Ladies, I'm REALLY tired, but I wanted to make a quick post.

It seems that chocolate is the EVIL DEMON :devil: for quite a few of us. I have the last of a dark chocolate bunny calling to me. :mad: I've done really well all day so I might have a bite. Shhhh!

Robin, I'm sorry you're not feeling well. I hope you get better ASAP! I can't imagine turning down Mexican food either! :lol:

Thanks for the good luck wishes for the interview. I'm going to need it! I got word today that VCU in Richmond Virginia is checking my references this week. WOW! :spin: I can't believe I actually have TWO bites. Then there are another FOUR closing today and tomorrow including the Washington State job. It's going to be INSANE if they all call and I have that many options! :yikes: I'll let you know as everything progresses.

Problem is that my suit pants don't fit. While I am glad of it, I either need to see my alteration lady or buy a new suit!

Good night ladies. I'm going to go be a slug on the couch and watch the OC! :) See ya tomorrow!

04-01-2005, 07:53 PM
Hi everyone!!!! I hope you all have had a good week. I am so glad today is Friday. It is really hard to go back to work after being off for 10 days. I am sure this weekend will be a stuggle both emotionally and food wise. I am not looking forward to turning 40 tomorrow. I think I have worn black all week in memory of my 30's. Today is the last day I can say I am in my 30's. I think I have cried everyday for the last week. I don't know why this is affecting me like this. Everyone at work who is older then I am think I am being ridiculous, but everyone younger gives me their sympathy. I don't know what 40 is suppose to feel like but I know I don't feel like I should be 40. I have just wanted to eat all day, and that is not a good thing. I think I have 1 and 2 pointed myself to death today. I know tomorrow won't be any better. I have to try to regroup and stay on plan. I have worked too hard to blow it this weekend.

Kerry- Congrats on the interview!! That's great!

Kim- I really like WW it has worked really well for me this last 2 months.

Robin- I hope you start feeling better soon!


04-01-2005, 11:16 PM
Girls, I have found the computer!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just a quick post, I'm trying to catch up...Lori I am so sorry that I have been MIA!!!

Insolvency has a legal and accounting definition--a person is insolvent if they cannot pay the bills as they come in or if the total assets owned will not cover the total amount owed. As far as accepting the lower amount owed for the cc?? That is how the credit card counselors help--they ask the cc companies to accept a reduced amount, reduce the interest rate, or lower the monthly pmts. The companies are usually willing to go along with that simply because it is in their best interest to go ahead and get what they can rather than getting nothing if a bankruptcy ensues. Individuals can do the same thing--ask the companies to accept a reduction.

As far as what to do with the money? Set aside an emergency fund--and save it for a real emergency--like having a sewer back up in your basement with no insurance coverage.............. Secondly, pay off the high interest rate debt--and resolve to not get back into that same type of debt. Whatever you do---DO NOT treat it like bonus cash--buying things that you really do not need. Getting out of debt is great--staying out of debt is awesome!!!!!!

Kerry-best of luck on the interview hon!!!! Hope it goes great!

I have had three high school football players helping with the basement--what a fun trio! And I am SOOOOO impressed with how hard they work--so cheerfully! It is a mess, and very smelly, but I am still counting my blessings. I wound up having to go in for a tetanus shot-but that too, I took in stride. I'm thinking the house will never be back in shape, but this, too, shall pass!!

Thanks for starting a new thread Lori! Great job!

Joetta (back from the sewer)

04-02-2005, 08:39 AM
Good Morning Chickies :coffee: !
I LOVE the weekends, I have to kind of work today. We have a vender booth set up at a local home and garden show. So I'm going down for a few hours to help out this morning. I have not been working out this week like I usually do, I have skipped way too many days. Man I hope I'm not getting burned out! I'll lift this morning since I got up so stinken early, and squeaze in my step tape when I get home from the home show. That should keep it balanced enough that I don't too guilty for skipping days!

Kerry, I'm sooo excited for you, I hope you have more than one job to choose from! It always helps to have options, I had many offeres when I decided to leave Verizon, but I waited to find a small company closer to home and am I glad I did. I took a small pay cut, and lost alot of vacation, but now with gas prices the money is balancing out. And you can't put a price tag on sanity!! :dizzy:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAIGE!!! Stop crying, dust yourself off and forget about the number!!! It's your day, and 40 is no longer old! Eat and drink anything you want today, it's the perfect excuse for a cheat day, as long as you get back on the wagon tomorrow!! Give yourself a pampering day,Ya know you can still tell people your in your 30's who the heck is going to know the difference! :D

Damn Robin, I hope you start feeling better!! I really was starting to think you were going to slide through the flu season untouched!! I'm sure you'll be all better by the next Mexican pot luck!! All joking aside, take it easy and get better!!

Kim, I am very impressed with your gym schedule, and jealous too! I wish I had that kind of time!! I have to rely on videos and free weights! I agree that WW is one of the best programs out there. I don't follow it though, because I just look for ways to cheat, like a Big-Mac has this many points so I won't be able to eat anything else for the next 2 days. After a few weeks I can't keep up the starving and binging so it's best for me to just stay away from the fatty food altogether. I watch my fat intake and when I do deicide to do a cheat day I have to watch after being with out grease for so long too much really makes me feel ill! So it works for me!!

Marie, how was you party? Black Forest cake Mmmm!! It might not have made it out of my kitchen! :^: I do have a low fat version of black forest cake some where, I just might have to dig that up!! How did your hair turn out?? I don't get mine done at the saloon anymore, they use the stuff that's way to harsh! I put a dark golden blond in mine and I'm pleased with it, it is the closest thing to my younger days!

Joetta, thank you for the advice and information! I got the highest cc to settle for 55% less than what I owed them! So that soooo helps, what we have decided to do is pay off a few of the bills with the bigest payments to free up our monthly income incase my DH would get knocked back to 40 hrs a week, which his work is looking fine, but this living beyond our means is what got us introuble in the first place! So now we will have extra money to send to the rest of the debt as long as his hours at work are good! I agree that an emergency stash is the best alternative to cc's! I'm glad the basement work is coming along, thank goodness for the extra help, I hope your done soon!!

Ok this got way longer than I meant it to, that's what I get for being busy and not keeping up!
I'll check back when I get home this afternoon, I'm soooooo looking forward to a nite out and PIZZA!! Oh how I miss the pizza!

04-02-2005, 01:19 PM
I was bad yesterday but it felt GOOD. We had tacos and queso/chips for dinner then out to the club where I had Razberry Ice teas (think long island with rasberry vodka). Then on the way home we stopped at SteaknShake and had Burger and Fries! YUM! :cbg: It was good and FUN!!

But the most wonderful thing happened at the club: OLD friend came up to say hey and IMMEDIATELY asks - Have you lost weight?? :cool: I told him yes and he said - You look GREAT! :smoking: I felt like a million bucks for the rest of the night. I also got sucked into an April Fools joke and it was all about me being HOT and embarrassing some guy who is a player. DH was in on it too. :joker:

So I am even more inspired to get this show on the road. Dh broke the scale last week trying to weigh himself and the dog. (See Rottweiler at left :lol: ) So I've been shopping for a new one. I almost got one at Ross yesterday, but I'm holding out. I tried on skirt suits yesterday. I think I've decided to get my pant suit taken in. :chin: Decisions decisions. I did buy a wonderful bag set yesterday for the marathon interview. This thing will go from breakfast to dinner. I'm going to need to pack an aresenal of things to survive!

:gift: Happy Birthday Paige!!! Enjoy it! You deserve to celebrate your 40 years! :hb: If I were there I'd party it up with you!! :hat:

Well, it's rainy, windy and dreary here today. :rain: I don't have any plans for the rest of the weekend. I should get busy and do something. It's good to clear the head though. I've been looking at exercise videos and haven't found anything. I'm being too picky. I also find that I feel REALLY silly when I do the workouts on Videos. :lol: I keep hoping I'll land one of these good University jobs and have a wonderful fitness center and pool to use within walking distance to my job. :sigh: A girl can dream can't she?

Have a wonderful weekend ladies!

04-02-2005, 03:37 PM
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40???? :cb: :doh: :stress: :censored: :yikes: :yikes: :crazy: :crazy:
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up!!!!!

Happy Birthday!!!! I remember way back when---during the age of the dinosaurs, I LOVED the 40s! I allowed myself to become a little zany-(okay, so I allowed myself to be a little zanier...) Enjoy Girl!!!!!


04-02-2005, 03:56 PM
Kerry, I enjoyed reading about the clothes issue for the interview--I have been interviewing this past week and am always amazed at what some people think might be appropriate for an interview. Sounds like you've got it all together!

Best of luck!!!!

Kim, welcome!!! I am the ancient one here, having passed the 50 mark last month! I have been mia since last weekend when the sewer backed up into our basement..I had a guy come out to give me an estimate on cleaning, and I could tell that he wanted to do only cleanup that involves insurance companies. He feels justified to charge more that way. He kept telling me that it would be cheaper to do it myself, even after I told him that my husband can't (he has MS), and that I work so many crazy hours that I really don't have the time. Long story short, my impatience got the better of me, and I sent him on his way. I pulled the carpet out, scooped out the sewage, and had some boys come over to help carry everything outside. There was tile under the carpet, and I had hoped to just stick with that, but there are too many loose ones, so I am now scraping off the tile, and will start from scratch. The basement is a mess!! I have a 15 yr old that has had to move upstairs for the interim, and the large screen tv is being given up for a smaller one upstairs for now. I will eventually have to move the computer hutch, and that will be a bear! But---all in good time... At any rate, welcome to the madness of the working stiffs!!!!

04-02-2005, 04:10 PM
OMG Joetta it sounds so awful! Hang in there girl. I'm glad you have help at least. Thanks for telling it from the other side of the interview too. I guess I'd never thought anything of wearing pants, though my mom thought I was crazy. Must be a generational thing. :)

04-03-2005, 12:17 PM
Good Morning Chickies :coffee: !
Well it's Sunday and I'm not hung over, so 3 cheers for me! I only drank 2, but the pizza wow, we went to a place called J&S, the family is from Italy and you just can't buy pizza like that anywhere! I would have been fully happy to go home after the pizza, but of course that wasn't the plan. I was so full that drinking just didn't appeal to me very much. We had a good time, but today we have to run over to my Aunt's house, she was not feeling well last weekend so she didn't come over for Easter, now she is stuck with the food she was going to bring! I'm going to eat bad again today! I'm going to jump up and down on the step today to help make up for this weekend of cheating. Thank goodness nothing else is coming up until Memorial Day!!! Oh my goodness it snowed last night, I'm not kidding, flakes as big as gulf balls!! I was stunned and insisted it couldn't keep up that pace, yea what did I know, when we left the pizza place there was about 3 inches, but as we headed home it was like driving through a curtain, we came to a spot and there was no snow at all the rest of the way home.

Kerry, rules of interview suits, go with navy or black, not to much jewlery or make up, and no crazy hair. Pants or skirts no longer make a difference, but dressing conservative does matter. And for goodness sakes make sure you make eye contact often with everyone in the interview, and a good body language move is to lean in and listen. Don't lean back and cross your arms and try not to fidget, it makes you look dis-interested. Make a list of questions, that looks good too! I have been through a million interviews and I am usually #1 or #2 on the hiring list, if I could make a living out of interviews I'ld be rich. It's the one thing that I'm good at! Try not to be nervous, but don't get too comfy and tell them all of your problems. You will more than likely get asked, your weaknesses and strenths, your future goals (work related) and why should they hire you over everybody else! Start thinking now, but when they ask appear to be pulling the thought from the top of your head, don't just blurt out the answers! Something like "Hmm, my weakness, well I would have to say I could use some improvement (your choice)" Same with strengths too. Oh and they usually ask you about your hobbies or what you do with your spare time. My answer at my last interview was that I spend my spare time running my kids to ball practice, they thought that was funny. Remember to have fun too, your selling yourself, so be yourself, you may realize in the interview that the company is not for you too, you are interviewing them as well.
Oh I have to get a shower and get running, I'll be back later today!!

04-03-2005, 01:21 PM
Question on the job search front since you all seem full of GREAT advice! :) Should I let them know at all that DH is coming with me and that he would be attending school there? I mean that is HUGE for us, but I don't want it to hurt me. Although, in a sense I can see that it could help me. It's so confusing. :( Any thoughts and opinions would be appreciated!

Lori - sounds like you had fun! Good for you :) I love authentic pizze - Yum!

04-03-2005, 02:35 PM
Turn it into one of your questions, you could mention that DH is finishing his schooling (Sorry I don't remember the details) and your interested in the detail of that part of the package. Just don't appear that is the only thing your interested in, I know it is important, but remember he won't be in school forever and you need to let them know you looking ahead to the future, not just the present. As in when he graduates your not planning on leaving impression.

04-03-2005, 06:47 PM

Sorry for being gone for so long, but it's good to read all the new posts and to catch up. Love the new thread! Everyone's energy and candor is so refreshing. There's too much to respond to, so I'll just say: Congratulations to everyone who's losing, or who's at least giving it her best shot! And let's hear it for birthdays, job opportunities and new friends on the thread!!!

I've been mostly good. My body complained about doing cardio every day, and by Thursday my thighs felt like limp noodles! But I still got a long walk in Friday evening, went to Curves on Saturday, and did 50 minutes on the treadmill and elliptical trainer this morning, and don't feel quite so knackered. I've been eating per plan, except for last night, when a ferocious craving just wouldn't go away. I probably ate an extra 500 calories in "healthy" food, don't know what that was about. Either my fat cells are in full revolt, or it's nearly TOM (both are probably true). But I am in charge today, and mentally recharging for a stressful week.

Keep making good choices--judy

04-04-2005, 10:07 AM
And the time change GOT me this morning. I was running late and the traffic was horrible. I hate commuting!!! :mad:

I stocked the fridge with good stuff to eat this week. I forgot my carrots this morning though - dang it! I was bad on and off all weekend and made DH promise last night not to buy anymore chocolate chip cookies! :devil:

As for the interview protocol for mentioning DH attending with me and being interested in the University - It happens to be a HUGE financial benefit that makes their package more appealing. Meaning if the tuition waiver weren't part of the benefits I wouldn't be considering the position because the salary is low. But if we can save 10k a year on tuition it would be worth it. KWIM? I swear I've spent hours running the numbers to figure what we can and can't live on and if we should buy a house etc etc. I'm losing my mind.

Well I hope everyone's week is off to a good start. I hope to see you around here!

PS. I couldn't weigh in this morning bc my scale is broken and I didn't purchase another one yet. :lol:

04-04-2005, 03:15 PM
Happy Monday - ha!!!! I hate Mondays. I too got a late start and was late to work. I can't get up on Monday mornings (most mornings to be honest). So I had a bad breakfast, a muffin and 2 oreos. I definitely did bad diet wise this morning. But I'm back on track and will be good the rest of the day.

Kerry, good luck on the job interview. If it were me, I wouldn't mention DH. If you know it's part of the package, then that part is a done deal. Talk about the future like Lori mentioned and let the rest fall into place.

Judy, great job on all the exercise. Tell me how to be that motivated. I used to be, but I just can't get interested in it. I like it when I'm doing it and of course afterwards, but just taking the step to get to the exercise equipment is the tough part.

I promise to exercise and eat right the rest of the day.

04-04-2005, 04:17 PM
Good afternoon, ladies. I've been MIA the last few days, too. My stomach issues ended up just being a few hours of nausea, thank God. And I didn't have much appetite for most of last week, but then that isn't a bad thing for me. :)

I was going to check in yesterday, but the house we're renting until we finished building is really old. And yesterday, some of the power outlets stopped working, including the one the fridge is on. So we had to shuffle things around into our chest freezer and small, dorm-size fridge. The landlord came up and was checking out the wiring and such, and in the process had to keep turning the power on and off. So I took all the laundry to the laundry mat - seven loads! It's amazing how just my husband and I can accumulate so much laundry. But the machines at the laundry mat are smaller than our one at home, and by time I throw in the sheets, and towels, and such. It really adds up. And I hate doing laundry.

Anyway, I'm here now. I've been doing okay with walking, in spite of the fact that it has rained here almost every day for the last two weeks. But I really need to get to doing some crunches and pushups. I have the pilates DVD, but I can't find time to do it.

My DH and I also spent a large portion of the weekend cooking. My DH makes really good marinades. We were trying to cook up a bunch of meat, so that when we really get in the heat of building, we don't have to eat out so much. We can just reheat stuff from the freezer. It's a good idea, but we don't have a dishwasher right now. And our kitchen is TINY. We grill most meats, so at least that doesn't use many dishes. But the marinades do. Oh well. I'll be glad we did this later.

Kerry - Good luck on the interview! What day is it? I know you said on an earlier posting, but I couldn't find it. And for my two cents worth - do make eye contact, and make sure it is with everyone in the room, not just the person asking the question.

Paige - Happy Belated Birthday! :gift: :hb: :dancer: I figure that life can be pretty hard, so every that you survive is a reason to celebrate. And from all of my friends who are in their 40s, they say it's their best decade so far.

Joetta - I hope the basement clean up is going well. You mentioned that you're having to clean up tiles, too, that were under the carpet. I don't know how old your house is, but if it's very old, I recommend that you take a sample of the tile to the county health department and have them check it for asbestos. Some of the old floor tiles were made of asbestos, and clean up requires a hazmat team to clean up. That may be why they layed the carpet over it. Hopefully they're not. My dad had to leave his tiles down for this reason.

Lori - I hope you enjoyed your pizza. My favorite is brick-oven pizza. There's a place in Austin, TX that has a south-western chicken brick-oven pizza. It was really good. I miss it.

Marie - If you're looking for exercise equipment, try the classifieds in the paper. You'd be surprised at how many different, new items you'll find this time of year. A lot of people either buy them at the first of the year, or get them as Christmas gifts, and then sell them. You could even try pawn shops.

Well, take care everyone. Drink lots of water and be strong against the evil foods of the world.


04-04-2005, 08:17 PM
Okay, so I guess we're not too good at "springing ahead," are we? I got off to a late start, too, but I did make it to the gym this morning, and I'm happy that the sun is still out at 7PM. I've been eating the right things at the wrong time, and ended up also eating 4 GS cookies (classic chocolate mints). So I'll walk a little extra tonight and think of what I could have done differently.

Robin, I hate laundry, too! The main reason I want to buy a condo is so that I have my own washer and dryer. Re strength training, you might check out the book Strong Women Stay Slim, which has a nice short program that's easy to do at home, and is more interesting to do than crunches and push-up, which I hate with a passion.

Marie--I'm no big fan of exercise. I guess the trick is finding things you like doing anyway, or finding ways to make what you don't like more tolerable. I enjoy walking, it clears my head, so that's easy. The machines aren't fun, but I crank up my walkman, and that helps a lot. I am happy about my imroved muscle tone, and so that's motivational for me. Even when my weight loss is slow (like now), the exercise means that I'm still losing inches, and the scale will come around eventually. And more than anything, I think of my mom and the older women I see who struggle up a few stairs, have a hard time getting up off the couch, etc., and I know I don't want to be fighting like that with my own body when I'm a senior. Even if I'm never small, I can always be strong! :strong:

Kerry--Good luck with the interview! My only advice from interviewing so many people over the years, is to wear clothes that you're comfortable in, and bring good questions to ask, not about benefits, but about how people work together, the guiding philosophies of the library, etc.

Hope every has a wonderful evening! :wave:

04-04-2005, 08:55 PM
Hey Chickies! I wasn't late but the world flew apart after I got there!! I had to go to the bank because the credit card settlement check was going to bounce due to a hold from the bank (large check) After I transfered all the funds around to cover it I went back to work and felt better, then the _hit hit the fan. The credit card co. called and took back there offer, and they had my money! After wanting to cry, I got a grip come home and call the guys supervisor and really wined. He re-agreed to the settlement. Oh what a day! But with all the cheating over the weekend I did manage to lose a little weight. 2lbs Yea!!!

I was given this advice once about excerise once and it really works, every time you work out put a dollar in a jar. After X amount of days treat yourself to a reward.

Oh Robin, nothing worse than outlets not working. My renters called me a few weeks ago at 2 in the morning (on the weekend thank goodness) half the electric in the house wasn't working, and of course the furnace and sub-pumps were part of the not working. Long story short, it wound up being the transformer on the line, I would have never thought of that!!

Kerry, your aloud to say the school package is important, but you have to look like your going to stay even after that. Who would you hire, someone who will leave in 2 yrs. or the girl down the street who has lived there all her life and dosen't look like she'll ever leave. Focus girl, you got to land the job to save the money!!

I never told my job I would take a bigger pay cut to be closer to home and daylight. I just pointed out that they were important goals, but I was more interested in getting out of the corprate office and into a nice cozy family run business. Trust me, closer to home and daylight were way more important!!! I honestly would have sold my soul to the devil to not have to commute so far, I really missed my kids and their activites. They offered me alot more money than I expected so it all worked out!

Love to keep chatting but the bathrooms are crying to be cleaned!! I'll check back later!!

04-04-2005, 08:57 PM
Joetta if you wind up having bad tile, ya know the "A" word PM me and I tell you what to do with them. That's now my line of work, the dumpster lady, as I was so graciously reffered to one day by a really dirty stinky guy!!!

04-04-2005, 09:08 PM
And its only Monday.... How can one day last so long???? Today wasn't a bad day but i swear everytime I looked at the clock it just wasn't moving.

Thanks for the b-day wishes. It turned out to be a good day. My kids were very sweet and wanted to sing happy birthday all day. My daughter kept wrapping up her toys and bringing them to me as gifts. My DH surprised me with a bubble bath and a wonderful dinner that he made all by himself, and he doesn't know how to cook or so I thought. He cooked the samon and veggies on the grill and baked potatos. He then made fruit parfaits for dessert. What a sweety! He has been very supportive of my weight lose and didn't want be to blow it on my birthday. And it tasted delicious!!!

Today was sabbatoge at work. When ever we have something to celebrate the food always goes in my office because it is the best location. So this morning I walk in my office and 6 birthday cakes are set up on my back table. What are these people doing to me!!!! They know I am on WW it is no secret but this was insane. I was a cake pusher today!!! I offered cake to anyone that walked by even the fed ex quy!! And I am sorry but I can not stare at cake all day and not have any. It was good but I feel horrible for caving in.

And 3FCs need to add spell check to this stupid thing!!!!!!!


04-04-2005, 10:06 PM
Marie - How did the rest of the day go? I don't think that's too bad. You only had a couple of Oreo's ;) Yum! I have to have milk for those!

Robin - It sounds like you have been so productive. Way to go the distance at the laundry mat. You're a better woman than I am! :lol:

Judy - You had cookie sabatoge too!! :p I swear if it's chocolate flavored, covered, filled or chipped IT'S DANGEROUS around here!! :devil:

Lori - That's GREAT you lost 2 pounds!! You're on fire girl! :flame: I will be able to do an official weigh in tomorrow because I bought a new scale this evening.

Paige - I felt the same way about the clock today - it wouldn't budge. Don't feel bad about the cake. You deserved a piece of your own birthday cake! :hb:

As for the interview/job search front with me - :thanks: everyone for all your input. Things have progressed with two additional Universities. One (our first pick in Richmond, VA) is checking references and my boss spoke to them last Friday. And the other (Univ of Georgia) contacted me for a 30 minute phone interview on Friday. Needless to say :stress: I am reading interview questions and practicing, I'm compiling my master list of questions I must ask them and preparing like a madwoman. :fr: It all seems overwhelming! I'm also being initiated into the Int'l Library Science Honor Society this Thurs, which is a great honor in my profession, but adding just a little more stress and pressure since it's a big event on campus followed by a reception yadayadayada!

So daylight savings has officially kicked my butt. I'm exhausted for no good reason. :tired: I can't focus at work bc I keep thinking about the interviews. OMG I'm going to lose my mind. Now is the time that I need to start working out to work some of this off.

I'm weighing tomorrow. Here's hopin :) ;)

04-05-2005, 01:08 AM
Good night everyone. This makes twice for me in one day. I'm on a roll. Actually, I'm sitting here at 8:53PM eating my Cream of Wheat cereal that I added some cinnamon, all spice, and nutmeg to (sorry for the bad grammar). I hate eating this late, but by time I got off work, went to Wal Mart, drove 45 minutes to get home, took the dog for a walk, and called some contractors, it got pretty late. But it would have been worse if I had gone to bed with my stomach growling. I can't sleep like that. So now my belly is full, and at least it's full of a low-fat, low-sugar, vitamin-enriched meal. Plus I love cereal of any kind.

Judy - Thanks for the book idea. I'll check it out. My time at the moment is more time related. I actually like strength training. It's the cardio I can't stand. I hate sweating. And I got to thinking, when we start building our house, I'll get in shape in no time moving lumber and stuff around.

Lori - Congratulations on the two lbs. We all work hard for every pound we loose. Even if it were really cold out (unless it was under zero), I wouldn't have called you at 2AM. I would have found a solution for the next five or six hours until I could call you at a reasonable hour. And if you are feeling bored, please feel free to come clean my bathroom, too. We have only one right now.

Paige - There is no way I could have resisted multiple cakes in my office. I can handle on, maybe two. But multiple cakes would be too much. And I think it was cruel and unusual punishment for them to put them in your office knowing that you are one WW.

;gvb;.;'/f;'p;gfp]uiryu7 - My kitty says, "HI." She loves to help me type.

Kerry - Good luck on the weigh in tomorrow. Congratulations on your award. That's quite an accomplishment. And I hope you get the job in Richmond. If they're checking your references, they must be serious. And the fact that you won the Int'l Library Science Honor Society award should help a lot.

Have a great night every one. I'll check back in tomorrow.

04-05-2005, 10:14 AM
So I weighed this morning and I'll take my 1 pound loss. I think this is how it will remain with me a pound at a time if I don't do something different. I don't think I stand a chance of meeting my goal. I am just so exhausted, mostly mentally and short on time. When I get home after fighting traffic I go straight to the computer to catch up on all the email, study these universities and questions. I'm overwhelmed - I'll say again.

I need to make an appointment to get my hairs cut. I don't want to and I don't want to spend the money, but I have long annoying hair that gets way outta whack if not trimmed every three months. I have this ceremony of Thursday, so I guess I should try to do it before then. :sigh:

04-05-2005, 03:24 PM
Hi everyone,

I hope your day is going great. Mine is a bit boring because of the work I'm doing. But what it does is give me time to surf and of course, I just surf here. Lori, great news on the lose. Kerry, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you (get the haircut for the interviews too). Paige, that was just plain mean of your co-workers. I know their heart is in the right place, but us dieters can't be surrounded with cakes and be expected to not succumb. I just ain't going to happen.

Yesterday, I promised I'd be good for the rest of the day and I was. No more snacking and I did exercise. Today has been going much better. It's almost lunch time and I'm hungry. I can't say that for the last few days since I snacked throughout each morning. Today I'm hungry and I have a nice healthy lunch.

Hopefully after work, the weather will hold out on its rain so that I can take the dogs out into the woods and go for a walk. My aim is to workout 4 days a week and be active on the other three. Today would be an active day. I love going in the woods and watching my youngest husky run. He's just a beautiful animal and his power when he runs is amazing. So today, that's what I'm planning on. If it rains, I will do an exercise and have it as my fourth day for the week. I'd rather the walk.

Be good today and keep writing. I love this thread.

04-05-2005, 07:40 PM
What a beautiful day in PA, my kids jumped me when my car door flew open "can we go for a bike ride", not today, but tomorrow would be better if the weather keeps up!! My goodness, work was busy, everybody must be doing spring clean ups. I've got to get the house cleaned up, my aunt is stopping by this weekend for breakfast and I would like for her to have a place to sit when she gets here :lol:.

Is it just me or what, I was starving today and the same thing happend yesterday when it was time to leave work. I don't know if it's just the time change, but I should be able to go an hour longer since we turned the clocks ahead!

Trust me Robin, cleaning anything is the second to the last thing I want to do. Laundry is my #1 dislike!!! And trust me she got some really stupid answers out of me until I really started to wake up!

Paige, not one angle food cake??? That's just not right, I thought they were all on WW too??? Are they not doing as well as you or what??

Marie, I hope you got your walk in, or did the dogs walk you??

Kerry, go get your hair cut silly girl!!! I love to get mine done it always makes me feel better, well dying it too does the same thing! Besides you deserve to do something for yourself (before you go crazy)!! Way to go on the 1lb, still moving in the right direction!! I went weeks with only a 1lb loss at a time, that's why I picked the turtle for my ticker!! Hey and just think of how a hair cut will show off your thinner face!!

Oh and Paige, I agree with the spell checker, yep, could really use one!! And that was very impressive of DH, not only to cook but also be diet smart too! Do you rent him for parties and stuff? How about just show and tell, as in tell my DH he can move the clothes to the dryer and not have to lose his dirty mechaninc look!! Although he would have to wash his hand first, someone will need to tell him that too! :lol: I can't complain, if I ask he will do it, but foget doing it on his own!!

Ok, going to clean some more, check back later!!!

04-05-2005, 08:17 PM
I made an appointment to get my hairs cut but at the end of the call the receptionist told me that the price has gone up to $40! I mean I thought $30 was salty!!! So I don't know what I'm gonna do. I can't get in before Monday, so I might cancel and shop around. Ugh! Probably is I got it done down here it would be less. I'll definitely get it cut before the interview.

I'm not so sure that UGA is a good option for us. DH says that their program doesn't look like it line up too well and they have an admission policy that says they'll only accept 6 hours towards an art major. :mad: I've put in a call to the program director. What a mess. Why can't this all be easy - like this is where you are meant to go and we'll take good care of you both. I'm still feeling good about Ohio though. :)

I've wasted another evening and I have no good plans for dinner. I feel like grabbing a bite because I'm tired and don't want to cook. I guess I'll drag my butt out there and see what there is to do about it all. :lol:

I'll see you all later :)

04-05-2005, 09:32 PM
Tomorrow's hump day, that means only three more days to the weekend. :cp: My next official weigh-in day is this next Monday, but I snuck a peek at the scale this morning and was 189. That's the first I've been under 190 for quite a while. I just hope I can keep it down that low for Monday's weigh in. Problem is, I weighed in at home, first thing in the morning, while wearing only a T-shirt and underwear. I can't exactly wear that while I'm weighing in at work. But if the weather's nice, I can wear some lightweight capris and a T-shirt. And I always take my shoes off before I weigh. I still feel good about the 189, though.

Kerry - One pound is still one pound less than before. At least you're going in the right direction. I've been losing only about one pound a week, too. It's slow, but I think it's a better way to lose because your skin and body can adjust to the loss easier. Also, if the job isn't feeling right, then it probably isn't right. Go ahead with the interview and get a better feel for the place, but if you and your dh don't feel great about, I would hold out. You've got other prospects.

Lori - I've been hungrier, it seems, at the end of the work day, too. I hate day light savings. Or rather I just hate changing the clocks twice a year. I really don't care which way it goes, but I wish the powers that decide these things would just pick a time and stick with it. I'll adjust my schedule as needed.

Marie - I love taking our dog for walks in the woods, too. We live on the edge of the mountains, near a reservoir. And hiking in the woods along the water's edge is always nice. I love to listen to the birds and watch the wildlife, too.

Have a great evening.

04-05-2005, 09:48 PM
Oh Robin, I'm jealous of your walking area, you'll have to send pictures of the water and mountain!!! We have a path/trail near our river and the scenery is just beautiful, everybody uses the trail, bikes, walkers, dogs walking their owners, runners, but no motorized anything. From a picture you would think it was perfect! BUT, on any good hot summer day and a breeze blowing in the right direction the river stinks like fish YUCK!!! Yea on the 189, I always weigh myslef at home with the same kind of clothes. But just seeing that number drop for 9's to 8's is serious motivation.

Kerry, I wouldn't spend $40 on a hair cut, that's a rip off!! Ok maybe not in your area even $30 is outragous here. We have a Fantastik Sam's and I usually spend about $20 with the tip! No wonder you don't want to spend the money OUCH! I don't know that dumb old Flowbie is sounding pretty reasonable :lol:!!

My friend, the Barbie look alike, she is so excited about me still working out, she dropped of a sample of whey protein powder. She insistes that I need it to replenish my muscles, potasium (sp?), and a whole list of things. It reminds me of slim fast, I just love her to pieces, but I'm shocked she drinks these straight up. I'm thinking ice in a blender!! They are low cal so it can't hurt anything! Can you see I'm not getting much cleaning done! Oh well this will be a swiffer dusting, sweeper, and swiffer moping clean week! No pledge and 409, I'm just not in the mood to spend that much time! Besides, when would I squeeze in my work-outs, I mean really who cares if you can't get in the door, my butt is getting smaller! I'm getting slightly worried my priorities might be a little twisted??? Hey, they got dinner and clean clothes, I can't be all wrong :lol: !! I'm going to hit it for the evening, I'll catch up tomorrow!

04-05-2005, 10:46 PM
Robin, thanks for thinking of my heealth on the tiles--the house is not that old, and the previous owners just wanted carpet, and the tiles were in good shape, soo--at any rate, they are not asbestos--but thanks again for thinking of that!

Kerry, take it for what it is worth, but one of the ladies that I hired last week impressed me with a statement. She looked me in the eye, put her hands palm down on the table and said "I really want this job, I know that I can learn your system, and I promise you that if you hire me, I will be here on time every day, I will work hard, and I will make your business grow." She got the job. Of course she also had the qualifications, but it is nice to hear people zoning in on that rather than , "when do I get my first vacation? how many sick days do I get? how long do I have for lunch? when do I get a raise?....etc" While I realize those can be important questions, an employer likes to hear that you really want THAT job, not that you want A job. Again, take that for what it is worth...
And Best of Luck!!!!!!!!Knock 'Em Out!!!!!!!!!!!

And to all of you---you are putting a guilt trip on me for not exercising like the rest of you are. Keep it up!

3 hour drive tomorrow--will catch up later


04-06-2005, 03:51 PM
Robin - I sneak peeks at the scale all the time. That is AWESOME that you had a good sneak peek! ;) I'll keep my fingers crossed that the official weigh-in puts you below as well. :goodscale

Lori - I have trouble with all of those shakes/drinks. I have a coworker that has lost a lot of weight using one of them and tried to get me to use it and I refuse. I need variety and FOOD! :lol: And who cares if the house isn't sparkling - YOU ARE! :goodvibes

Joetta Dear you are surviving! YAY! BTW - you will not find me guilt trippin about any exercise. I am a bad bad girl myself. I spend my whole life in front of the shallow screen!

Maybe after I land the job things will change, but currently I am still super stressed. I was contacted to set up another phone interview for next week with another University. It is a cool job and one that I would be SO happy with although I am a tiny bit underqualified. Enthusiasm has to count for something though right? So right now I have one campus interview in May and two phone interviews in the next week. VCU still hasn't called :(

I canceled the salty hair appt and made another one down near where I live (smaller town) and she's getting me in tonight. So I am happy that I'll have a new hair cut for the event tomorrow. I am wearing the most skinny-looking outfit I can put together! :snooty: And wearing it with pride - cute black skirt (above the knee) and blouse with pink & white flowers on black. I can't wait to look devine! :)

Ok - I'll check in later. I hope you're all doing well getting through this Wednesday.

04-06-2005, 07:11 PM
Oh my, can you say TIRED :tired:!!! I'm actually having an afternoon cup of coffee, DH said take a nap, but I'm afraid I won't sleep if I do! This was my early morning and with the time change it REALLY felt early!! I did manage to get my work out in last night, and I'm going to do tonights before I acidentally pass out some where :o ! It is so warm here today, but tomorrow they are calling for rain. I think I've mentioned before that my current home is a tin box (a double wide), any way I worked out a deal last year with my sister-in-law/my renter and gave her my window A/C's and I was going to take her old central air. (her old house, the one she lost in the bankruptcy, had the same furnace as mine) Anyway, when we went to get it there was a hole in the condenser and it was ruined. I used fans all last summer, well I managed to get some of my credit cards to settle enough to have the money to get a new A/C unit, a really nice kid installs them in his spare time so they are dirt cheap and name brand units! I'm soooo excited, I'll be able to keep working out right through the summer, no excuses this season!

Kerry, stay calm, remember what Joetta said "I want this job"!!! When you decide who has the best package deal for you use that line! You have experience and you can learn anything. Trust me I've gotten all of my jobs because I pick up very quickly and I'm not affraid to try something I don't know! I have a degree in office administration and I now schedule loads of sulfuric acid to be picked up, manifested, and disposed of. You just can't learn that in a class room. Remind me some time to tell you about working as a county case worker (the girl who was to train me called off sick 3 weeks straight) and I was the only other case worker besides her. The girl who trained her was off from a surgery, and our immedate boss was in the hospital with a sever infection. Our higher up boss said "I'm glad it's not me in your seat" It's a great story, I ought to write about it some time!

Joetta, I'm glad your about done, not only for greedy reasons (we miss you) but for your own sanity too!!

Judy, I wanted to tell you, and I forgot, that I froze a couple boxes of GS cookies to keep myself from eating them. I figure that when I'm ready for a cheat they are in there and I can have them any time I REALLY need to! Talk about your mind games!! But it does seem to be working!!

Paige, my bosses wife had her birthday today and I ate a piece of cake, I don't even like cake, but I did skip the cookies and ice cream! She was so sweet this morning and told me how thin I was looking (I had a dress on that I haven't worn in 3 yrs. We talked and she did WW back in the day and was telling me about her crying the first week she weighed in and gained 2lbs. She looks good now, and has done a pretty good job at keeping most of her weight off except for a few pounds.

Marie, aren't snacks the worst! I'm glad your doing better with yours! And for goodness sakes don't beat yourself up about working out! Unfourtantly I have been up and down the scales soooo many times that I know with out the work-out that I just can't lose the weight. So I don't have much of a choice, it's either jump up and down on the box and watch what I eat or be over weight and misserable. But I will tell you something, I always dread working out and usually wait to the last minute before bed. But when I'm done I always feel refreshed and I am darn glad I did it!

Wow this got really long, sorry gang! I'm going to bed early tonight so I'll catch up in the morning!!!

04-06-2005, 07:42 PM
Hi everybody, things are going really good. I'm on track and have been making my mini-mini goals. Yesterdays was to eat healthy and within calories and be active in someway last night. Well, I was definitely active. DH and I took the dogs for a walk on a mountain. I wanted nice and flat but voila, there were hills. I swear we went up 90% of the time and down the other 10%. I know that it's 50/50 but I puffed and huffed my way up the trail. It was just beautiful out and the woods are so pure. It was fun.

I met DS's new girlfriend last night. She was very nice, but a little shy. I suppose meeting the PARENTS is a hard thing.

I've been on track all day and tonight's exercise night. I already talked to DH about starting at 5:00 and he agreed. We exercise together. So, tonight I will be on my Gazelle, striding to last night's American Idol (met the girlfriend and had to record it).

Lori, I too have been up and down way too many times. I know I have to exercise or that scale ain't going to budge. So I'm trying to be good, food and exercise wise and know that I will have bleeps along the way. But I can only do my best and will always get back on the wagon if I fall off for a day. That's the pledge to myself.

Kerry, have fun with the new haircut. I love going to the salon and having my hair washed. They do such a nice job and it's heavenly to sit there and have someone massage your scalp. Enjoy the outfit tomorrow night.

Joetta, your mess sounds horrible. Congrats on almost being done.

Robin it sounds like you live in paradise too. I love the mountains and woods. I wouldn't trade living here for anything. I just love it. And today is even nicer than yesterday (although tomorrow is supposed to be icky). So much for me living in a high mountain desert area. It rains here occasionally. :)

Have a great night and I'll talk with you all tomorrow.

04-06-2005, 10:56 PM
I don't know if it is my computer or the site, but things are running slow!! I almost gave up on posting because it was taking forever.

Tomorrow is WI and I don't think I have lost anything. I think the cake from **** took care of that. But we jump right back on when we fall off I guess. I have lost 35 lbs. but according to WW I am at 26.8 and I have 2 more lbs. to go to get my 10%. I was really counting on this week but it may have to wait until next week.

It looks like everyone has been keeping busy. I have to do better about checking in daily. It can get to overwhelming to respond to everyone with so many posts since my last one. So I will just say hang in there!!! And I'll check in tomorrow!


04-07-2005, 01:51 AM
I agree with Paige. It's overwhelming to respond to so many posts. I typed a long one a couple of days ago and tried to submit it and lost it all for some reason. I have been reading though. Well ladies, the scale is moving down again. I am so motivated! The scale said 152 this morning! At church tonight we had a meet and greet for a prospective pastor and there were all kinds of homemade desserts. Believe it or not, I only had a small brownie. It was hard though. I could've ate a whole plate of chocolate chip cookies. Today was my day off, so I spent 2 1/2 hours doing cardio at the gym today. I went this morning and after church tonight. Now if I can make it through Saturday which is my dad's birthday party. We're having pizza and ice cream cake. Well, I hope you all have a great night.

Robin- 2 more pounds and I'll be able to add that angel back!!!!!

04-07-2005, 09:49 AM
The hair is cut and styled. I'm wearing my new outfit :) and I have already gotten lots of comments on how nice I look. One of my coworkers even said "wow you really have lost weight!" That makes you feel good! :smug: I got on the scale this morning (couldn't resist) and it said 147! YAY! I am feeling better about losing more. I washed and dried the car last night and that has to count for some exercise huh? :?: I've also been taking the stairs at work all the time. I figure if I can at least fit a little of that in here and there it has to help.

I tried another exercise video and I just hate it. I feel silly and can't get into it. I don't think that's for me. I guess I'll stick to walking/jogging and make myself do it more often. Someday I'll be able to join a gym and use all those fun machines. :lol: SOMEDAY!

Have a great day ladies. I'll probably do a bit of cheating today since it's going to be long and social. But I have to let myself do that now and again or I feel like I am too hard on myself. (which I probably am)


PS. I learned after being behind the firewall at work to always copy and paste my post and then submit it. Then I can check to see that it has all gone through and if not I can repost it. I HATE it when I lost a post.

04-07-2005, 05:50 PM
One more day to the weekend! I love weekends because I get to sleep in. I'm not a morning person. I love the morning, but I just can't get out of bed to enjoy it.

Well, my scale at home yesterday said 188. Three more days to my official biweekly WI. I just have to be good this weekend. Unfortunately, it's my DH's grandmother's b-day. We're going to go out to eat, which isn't the problem. My mother-in-law is bringing a homemade cake. She makes really good cakes. I love cake. No, I really love cake. That's a problem. But my DH is very supportive. He is also trying to lose weight, so maybe he and I will each have only a really small piece.

Lori - Congrats for getting in a dress you haven't been in in three years! It's like getting a whole new wardrobe to be able to fit back into smaller clothes. I'm just now able to get into three pairs of Eddie Bauer slacks that I bought three months ago. I bought them as they just fit. And then they shrank when I washed them. But now they fit pretty good.

And you mean using swiffer products are real cleaning? Uh oh. That's how I clean my floors and dust most of the time. They're convenient for us full-time working stiffs.

As for the powdered drinks and shakes and such. Most of them contain quite a bit of sugar, so I avoid them. And I always end up hungry an hour later anyway. They're just not satisfying for me.

Joetta - I'm glad the tiles are a newer variety. How's the basement coming along?

Marie - My DH and I walk in the mountains/hills most nights. Walking uphill really gets the heart pumping, and sometimes it's a real struggle to get up the hills without wimping out. But I feel so much better when the walk is over.

Paige - 35 lbs lost is a great accomplishment. It's not easy. I think all of us here can testify to that. So, even if the weight comes off slow sometimes, it's still coming off. Good for you.

And it does get hard for to remember what everyone has said in the previous posts. I cheat and make notes before I reply.

Kim - 2 1/2 hours of cardio? Holy cow, you'll have your angel back in no time. I can't remember the last time I was able to do that. Even when my DH and I go hiking in the mountains on the weekends, we usually take a break to let the dog play in the water. I'm so impressed with your workouts.

Kerry - Don't the compliments just feel good? It's always nice when others notice the results of our hard work. And I consider washing the car a good activity. I figure anything that gets me up and moving is a good thing. It's not really cardio, but scrubbing bugs off the grill can work the arm muscles. And it's still better than watching TV.

Also, I figured out a way to not lose anymore postings. If you get the message that you need to log in when you hit the Submit Reply button, just log in and then hit your browser's Back button until you get back to your posting. Hit the Submit Reply button again, and it will let you post then. I tried this out of curiosity and it worked. I haven't lost a posting yet. And as you can see, some of mine get kind of lengthy.

And on that note, take care.

04-07-2005, 06:10 PM
Hi, gals--

I've spent so much time reading all your posts that now I don't have time to comment on all of them, but it's not for lack of interest! Lack of time. I'm trying to go out and walk in the evening, so that cuts into my 3FC time.

I had a good visit to the doctor's this morning. I seem to have developed lactose intolerance, otherwise my eating is going well. I've been working out pretty consistently, so I know I'll be able to scootch my ticker a bit more to the right this weekend. My thigh muscles are achy, though, so I have to remember to spend more time stretching, and to ice my arthritic knees so they don't swell up. I feel like my Easter goal is still doable.

Your posts are so inspirational. Even when you're stressed to the max, like poor Kerry, I learn from your open-hearted approach to life and its challenges. When I feel like going out for ice cream (as several of my co-workers threatened to do this afternoon), or I want to blow off my workout, I think of you and do the right thing. So consider this to be a big ol' group hug!

judy :grouphug:

04-07-2005, 07:13 PM
Hope you're all having a good afternoon. Things are going good here. I'm on track today and have high motivation to stay that way. I've been reading lots of threads and posts and it's amazing how motivating 3FC is. We're all so much in the same boat and to realize you're not alone is quite inspiring. So group hug back at you, Judy. Robin, I read your post and was amazed how you responded to everyone. I wish I could do that but time/attention gets me.

I'm going caffeine free now and have a headache. I doubt the tylenol will help, but I'm going to try it. DH just called and said he was going to be home late so I think I will take that opportunity to take a nap with my puppies. Yep, I like that idea.

04-07-2005, 07:17 PM
It is so motivating to read all of your posts! I lost another pound since yesterday. The scale said 151. Woohoo!!!! I'm going to a step aerobics class at 6:45 tonight, then I have to work 11P-7A.

Kerry-Congats on the 147!!! I'll be so glad to see the 140's again. Enjoy your cheat day. You deserve it! ;)

Robin-Great job on the 188!!! Hopefully we can both abstain from the huge pieces of cake this weekend. :goodluck: My sister's getting an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins for my dad's birthday. I love those.

Judy-Sounds like your doing great with your eating and working out. Thanks for the group hug! :thanks:

04-07-2005, 08:36 PM
I am so excited, when I was reading our post's tonight I just realized how much weight we have all lost so far (123 lbs so far together) according to our tickers if I didn't forget anybody!! Group hug heck, we deserve a toast :hat:!! I am soo glad that everyone has come back after falling off the wagon, once you learn to dust yourself off and move on you will lose the weight! (although I'm afraid of Robin's wagon, didn't it back up over you once?) But this seems to be the hardest thing for us dieters to learn, we just beat the crap out of ourselves over that stupid piece of cake. So three cheers for all of us!!! I don't know girls, if your having trouble remembering some of the posts you can roll down on your page that your typing and everybody's post's are there!

Judy, I also have lactose issues, but ice cream is the worst, and straight milk is a close second! I can still eat small quantities other dairy foods. I can eat a pudding snack, but not everyday. By the end of the week I have enough gas to fly a plane! MSN had a good article about this yesterday.

Marie, caffeine free, oh good for you and the headache will go away! When my thyroid was really bad I cut out caffeine for over 3 years, once it was back in check I really missed regular coffee!! So I'm hooked all over again!

Robin, I use the swiffers alot, but once in a while I like to use the pledge to shine up my furniture. I also have to spray my coffee and end tables, they are glass and are always dirty with these boys!! Massive amounts of 409 and a putty knife?? That bad dryer, mine also has the same symptoms! If it dosen't eat the socks, it's trimming my clothes!! It's a hungry little bugger! :lol:

Kim, I don't say this lightly "god love you" I coudn't spend 2 1/2 hrs. working out, they would have to call an ambulance! I have barely worked myself up to a 50 min. step tape! And trust me the kids are standing around wanting to know if I need water, a towel, or should they just call 911.

Oh Kerry, enjoy your night!!! It sounds like you have everything together! Way to go on the 4's, I'm just dying to see them again! And taking the steps is a wonderful idea, just think of the butt muscles your working!! Kerry, please stop trying the tapes and check out Joyce Vedral's Definition book! I use this faithfully 3 times a week and it really does work! I used the corner of my bed for a bench for many months, now I use that dumb step of mine! And walk away until your hearts content, you can't beat free work-outs!!

Wow we were a chatty bunch today!! That's good, were all still hanging in!!

04-07-2005, 10:22 PM
Well, I just went to leave work and drive home, but the clutch cable broke on the car. I'm driving my husband's car today so that I could fill it with gas here in town where it's cheaper. We live in the country. So now I'm still at work, waiting for my husband to come pick me up. It'll be about an hour before he gets here, so I thought I might as well take advantage of my work computer's high speed Internet connection. So, here I am.

Judy & Lori - Sorry to hear about the lactose problems. I couldn't live without my milk. Cereal is one of my major foods. Ice cream does make me really phlemmy, so I avoid it. But I don't know what I would do if I couldn't drink milk. And thanks for the group hug!

Marie - I don't usually have time to respond to everyone, but it's raining here and so I sat at my desk while I ate lunch. And now, I'm stuck here again because the car is broke and it's still raining. :mad: Not that I don't want to chat with you all, but I'm supposed to be out walking.

Kim - 151!! Wow!! That's only one pound away from my ultimate goal. I'm 5'10", so I don't want to go below 150. My face gets too thin. But great job for you! All your hard workouts are paying off.

Lori - Yeah, you definitely want to avoid my wagon. It backed up over me, and then took off again forward, and ran over me a second time. And that was after it threw me off.

And I'm going to have to check out your definition book, too. Until we get our house built, which is looking like it won't be finished until the end of October, we don't have room for a weight set. We have a few small dumbbells, but I need some other exercises, too.

I didn't do very well on my eating today, but I guess it could have been much worse. For lunch I went to Costco. And while I was there, I got two slices of their pizza/veggi pizza. I ate only one slice for lunch, and was going to save the other for my DH. But since I'm stuck here, I'm now eating the other slice for dinner. And this afternoon, I had a small (but very good) cinnamon roll. I think calorie wise I'm okay, but it wasn't the most healthy food I could have eaten. Of course, I'm pretty sure my body would go into shock if I ate healthy veggies every single day with no bread.

The car breaking down is a pain though. If I were home I would have worn my rain coat and still walked. But I only have a light fleece jacket with me now. And as hard as it's raining, I'd get soaked in about 10 minutes. Maybe when I'm done here, I'll turn the radio on and dance around the room. Boy, wouldn't that surprise the cleaning crew. "Um, there's some crazy woman in the other room. I think I'll skip that room tonight." Mikail Baryshnikov I'm not.

Well, I guess I've chatted on here long enough. Maybe I'll go play with some of the daycare toys in the other part of the building. They have some of those big balls that people use to stretch with. And I think they have a Sit-n-Spin. I could stand on it and twist to work out my waist. Of course I did just eat that pizza. That might not be a good idea.

Have a good night.

04-07-2005, 10:23 PM
Wow, you all have been busy posting today!!!! I'm glad I checked in today. If I had waited another day I never would have made it through all the post. It seems like our little group has gotten back into the swing of things. For awhile I thought we might be goners, everyone was so busy. Glad to see us back at it!!!!!

Lori- Wow, as a group we've lost a person!!! I think everyone has done a really great job, and I know that you all have certainly helped me along the way to stay motivated.

Kim- Yeah!! 151 ! Keep it up!

Marie- You brave woman! Caffine Free!!!!! I envy you and I know you can do it!!! I have tried it but I always end up back on caffine after a few weeks. Maybe I will get inspired by your endevor to give it another shot.

Judy- Group hug back at ya!!! Sorry to hear about your lactose intolerance. Can't wait to see the changes on your ticker. You can do it!!!!!

Robin- Good luck with the cake!! I know all about that temptation from my birthday!! Thanks for the posting tip. I can get so frustrated sometimes trying to post!!!

Kerry- Don't you just love it when people compliment you on your weight lose!!! It really helps to keep you motivated. It sounds like you are going to have a great evening! Also thanks for your posting tip as well. I will have to remember these the next time I encounter problems.

I had my official WI today and I was only down a pound. I know the cake from **** that my well meaning co-workers put in my office on Monday for my b-day was the big culprit this week. Another week another pound!!!

Have a great evening ladies!!!!!!

Paige :grouphug:

04-07-2005, 10:29 PM
Opps- Robin, I feel for you being stuck at work. My husband and I tried carpooling once for about a week, and it seemed like I had to wait forever and meanwhile everyone else was long gone. Needless to say that is why it only lasted a week. However, if gas keeps going up it might become necessary to do it again.


04-08-2005, 02:09 AM
Wow you girls were chatty today! I really enjoy our group SOOOO much and find it a wonderful motivator. You are all helping to keep me at least somewhat sane. :dizzy: We've all had our moments when we're down and then those that we pick one another up. It's awesome! Let's keep it up. :grouphug: Right back at ya!

I had a wonderful time tonight. It was such an honor and I felt really good about so many things in my life in one short evening: first I look better than I have in years thanks to my weight loss, second I've managed to rise to the top % of my new profession, third because I feel like I am finally going to be a success after years of struggle and finally because I am dealing with the sadness and frustration in my personal life in a much more positive way (ie not eating myself sick).

In fact I'll tell you the whole of it ladies, it has been an emotional and stressful week for me and I feel good about staying on track for the most part during it (aside from my wine and brie/crackers this evening). One year ago this week I was pregnant and lost the baby. I was in the second trimester. I was then soon after the loss diagnosed with some serious fertility problems. The time I spent in grad school I was so depressed about struggling to get pregnant (not watching my weight at all), then put on weight when I was pg, then lost the pg and sunk into a state of not caring about how I looked and gained even more. With this sad anniversary and all the stress of the job search, I figured I would have fallen off and gotten run over and over by that wagon. But you've all been such great cheerleaders on the sidelines of my struggle recently and it has REALLY helped. Thank you! :goodvibes

Since it's late (I was keyed up when I got home so I thought I'd check in) I just want to give a BIG shout out to ALL of you for doing so well on your plans - both diets and exercise! :hat: That's a BUNCH of weight we've all lost together and I am proud of us! Let's keep it up ok? (((More Hugs)))

PS. I'm going to check out the book Lori. If you think it's a good and I can do it at home on my own without looking at some goofy person on TV - I'll try it! :D

04-08-2005, 12:32 PM
Well, I made it through my night at work, then went to the gym and did 15 minutes on the stairclimber, then a 45 minute spin class. I'm exhausted. I've got to work 7P-7A tonight. Have a great day!

Lori-Wow 123 pounds! :cp: :cb: That's great! You are so right about us beating the crap out of ourselves over a piece of cake. I certainly do that. Actually, I usually just think, well I blew it and eat like a pig the rest of the day. BTW, that was the first time I ever worked out for 2 1/2 hours. I'm just really motivated this time, and really want to look decent in my swimsuit this summer.

Marie-I'm right there with you on the caffeine. :rollpin: :crazy: I've been without it for 7 days because I'm bleaching my teeth this week, and I'm not supposed to have any coffee. I get to have it again today when I wake up. I can't wait! Hope your headaches better.

Robin- Major bummer about the car. Don't worry about the pizza and cinnamon roll. You can't eat healthy 24/7. We have to enjoy life too. We're allowed a treat every once in a while. ;)

Paige- Congrats on losing the pound, even with the birthday cake. I'll take a pound any day over a gain! :cp:

Kerry-You have had such a difficult year. I'm so sorry. :cheer: God bless you sister. It sounds like you're doing wonderful now though. Congratulations!

04-08-2005, 12:36 PM
Kerry- the little cheerleader was supposed to be after the congratulations. My bad!

04-08-2005, 07:55 PM
Yeah!!!!! The weekend has begun! About time! I hope everyone has a great weekend planned. What I'd really like to do is have a margarita and eat some mexican food, but instead I guess I will have a diet coke and clean the garage so I can at least get my car in. Our cars are to big to get them both in.

Kerry- Thanks for sharing your story. I really know how you feel. I had a miscarrage also. And I don't think it matters how pregnant you are. Once that test is positive everything changes. I was 14 weeks along when it happened to me. When I went back to work after a few days several coworkers shared with me that they had experienced the same thing, but not to worry because I would probably be pregnant again soon. It took us 4 very long years filled with depression and enough heartache to last me a lifetime. I couldn't go to baby showers and it was really hard when all my friends started having kids. I remember right after my best friend had her daughter she told me this is great you have to try it! Like I wasn't having kids by choice. I know she didn't mean it the way it came out, but it crushed me. I spent 4 years being poked and proded. My arms, thighs, and stomach made me look like a junkie. My husband became very good at administering the shots!! It was almost 4 years to the day when I got my next positive pregnancy test. Nine months later my son Cameron was born and then two years and 13 days later our daughter Hannah was born. Just remembering those times as I write this makes me cry alittle. It was a very hard time and I know how you feel. Right before I got pregnant we had decided that we were going to start looking at adoption because we were just too emotionally exhausted to keep going through the treatments. Each month was a roller coaster ride I would be so upset after each negative result. If you ever need someone to talk to, I'm here.


04-08-2005, 10:51 PM
Yea, the weekend!!!
Oh what a dreadful day, I was late to work this morning because of an accident having the road blocked and of course I was noticed sneaking in late! We were crazy busy to add to my intense PMS, yea of all things I wanted for the weekend, it wan't TOM!!

Everyone is in such a great mood, must be the weather change!!

Oh Robin, of all places to get stuck, work! Like we don't spend enough time there already! Although I may have paid good money to see you dance around the office and watch the reaction of the cleaning lady :lol: ! I hope all is better now!!

Way to go Paige, a pound gone is one less you will have to look at later!!!

Kerry, I'm glad to hear you had a good time last night and your starting to feel slightly less stressed! You've had a heck of a year by the sounds of things.. How's the job front?? I had a heck of a time with my pregnancy also, I was about 5 months when I lost my first one! I was only 18 at the time and had to deliver and everyting. Yea it can make you feel like a real emotional wreck. Needless to say it wasn't planned so I was 21 when I got pregnant with my second one and I'm not the type of person to flip out and get all worked up, most people would not even notice if I was stressed over something. Well since I'm so good at holding it in, I broke out with hives head to toe around my 4th month and didn't get rid of them until I delivered him. Being pregnant with him was the worst experience I've ever had in my life! I was so badly tourted over a whacked out blood result that I was way beyond an emotional wreck. They insisted he had downs or spina bifida over this stupid blood test and I would have to have a amnio done which could cause a misscarrage. I was beyond nuts, the Dr. finally called me at home on a weekend and yelled at me to get a grip, and get the test. I did and all was fine so nobody could explain the messed up blood work, until I hit my 30th week and bam I was in full blown labor and had 2 months to go, days laying in the hospital they sent me home with asthma medicine (which stops labor) and a bottle of malox. That lasted almost 2 weeks and I kept dialating (sp) anyway. He was born at 33 1/2 weeks and weighed 4 1/2 lbs. He looked like a monster compaired to the others in the neo-unit. He had to stay for 16 days before I brought him home. So after all this I was dumb enough to do it again, went into early labor with the second one at 30 weeks, but held off til my 35th week, mini chubs weighed 6 1/2 lbs could you imagine what he would have been if I would have made it through the last month??? And they made me bring him home!! Anyway, it appeared I had a problem when the babies got so big, well dah!! So at my 6 week check up I told the Doc. I'm done sew me up, he laughed and said he wouldn't even consider talking me out of it! (which he does everybody) This story is soooo much better in person and I tell you about them starving the fat prego chick because she's in labor, no now she's not, yes she is again! And the whole family driving to Pittsburgh (50 miles away) and then they stopped the labor! Don't every feel bad about it not happening right away, and having problems! Just keep you chin up, it will happen!!!!!
This is way to long again, I'll check back tomorrow!!

04-09-2005, 11:43 AM
Good Morning Ladies! Well it's Saturday and I'm home alone :( Well I have Jazz and Bella so that's good. DH went mountain biking with a friend and won't be home until 6 pm. Not sure what to do with my day. I know I need to do some Web Dev - not that I want to. My head hurts from the wine last night. DH played a gallary opening and I went and hung out.

Thanks for sharing your stories ladies. It helps to know that others struggle though fertility and pregnancy issues and come out on the other side with children. I guess we just never think these things are going to happen to us - KWIM? I am definitely doing better than I was six months ago. And DH and I have decided not to try for awhile until things calm down with the job and move and such. So I'm not putting all that pressure on myself right now. I secretly keep hoping that my body will adjust itself and it will happen naturally. A girl can hope right?

I haven't been sticking to my eating plan very well the past couple of days. I haven't been AWFUL, but not great either. I hope you are all doing well and losing losing losing :) I'll do another WI on Monday.


04-09-2005, 01:33 PM
Good morning chickies :coffee:!! I should say afternoon, now!! Kids are out side playing and DH is off working on my car, ahhh piece and quite!! I got a new step video today, well not new, from ebay so new for me!! I'll give ya a report when I check it out!!

As for my JV Definition book, you will like it and you don't need much to start! 3 sets of weights (and start low) I used 1's, 2's, & 3's! No kidding! I'm now up to 3's, 5's & 8's and I'm going to Wal-Mart today to pick up 10's! I'm just now starting to see my muscles form and it really is making me look thinner! Just please, please, please come to me before you buy anything from her web site! She has some really poor customer service and I wouldn't dare go into the rest on a public forum! Kerry since your our book worm, I think you'll find this easier to start with. But honestly honey we all look like dorks when we do the tapes!! There is a mirror in my bedroom and when I move by it while I'm working out I'm always glad the kids are the only ones here to witness it!

I have sooo much to try to get done this weekend so I'll be bouncing in and out so stay focused!!

04-09-2005, 05:45 PM
Hiya Chickies, I'm so glad the weekend is here even if I've spent the majority of it so far cleaning my fur infested house. I love the shedding season, fur balls everywhere. So I vacuumed and DS swiffered. Everything looks nice but the other DS needs to do his chores and dust - then we'll be spanky clean - at least for a moment or two.

I'm on track today even though I made some poor choices in the morning. I'm just incorporating the calories into the calorie limit so I have to be really good tonight. I think I'll make Schwan's Chicken Kiev since it has only 300 calories. Add a baked potato wiht fresh chives (just noticed this morning that my chive plant is growing and healty) and a salad. That should help the lapse of eating some cake icing.

I exercised last night and Lori has me motivated to start lifting a little again. I love the look of defined muscles and I have only been doing aerobic. I'm not an exerciser by nature so doing the aerobics was enough for me. But I will add crunches and some arm exercises on my off days. See Lori, you have such influence. :)

Have a great rest of the day.

04-09-2005, 07:44 PM
So I'm being reminded of why I don't post more often on the weekends: my ancient computer is okay, but compares badly to my powerful computer at the office. I use an old-fashioned dial-up connection, so everything feels terribly slow...but I will give my computer a big hug, 'cuz I still have to finish my taxes this weekend :D

I am very happy with myself for not inhaling a pizza or something last night. It was a particularly aggravating day at work, at the end of a stress-filled week. I took a 45-minute walk along the river on my way home, basically talking myself down from making a self-destructive eating choice, as I would have definitely done last fall in the same situation. So I ended the evening on somewhat of a positive note, because I ended up giving myself a gold star for eating per plan and walking twice, including a 30-minute walk to clear my head at lunch. I am still thinking about how powerful the urge was to simultaneously comfort and sicken myself by overeating to deal with my anger. My brain kept imagining lasagna, pizza, etc., it was as if I were possessed by a really piggy demon!

Today I went to Curves, took a long walk to the grocery store, and laid in supplies for the week. Three of my lunches this week will be at restaurants or at a conference, so I have to make sure that I'm prepared to make good choices. Next week will be just annoying as last week, so I will try to meditate for a little while every morning when I first get out of bed.

Lori--thanks for the article on lactose intolerance. I've always been proud of my cast-iron stomach, so I was surprised to have intestinal issues this year. But African Americans tend to have more problems than most people with dairy, and the nutritionist said that it's something that some adults develop over time. I don't have to swear off dairy altogether, but I will definitely have to say goodbye to my old friends Ben and Jerry :( I guess it's for the best!

Kerry--I think it's a great sign that even after an emotional roller-coaster of a week, you haven't thrown in the towel and abandoned your goals. Good for you! I hope that you're being very good to yourself this weekend.

Congrats to everyone else who's working out, eating right, and making good choices!


04-09-2005, 11:34 PM
Well, I tried the new step video and let me tell you about feeling like dorkarella!! Ah I need to move to the living room, not enough room in my bedroom for this one! It wasn't to to bad, I think I could learn it, but right off the bat, ah no! I'm marching up and down going what kind of step is that??? But if I ever want to advance I best start learning a few of these moves.. I did alot of stepping up and down just watching, but I did work up a good sweat so I feel like I didn't waste my time even though I wasn't quite able to keep up on the first go round!! I love my susan step video, it is sooo basic, the hardest thing is keeping your arms going, up and down, up and down!! The bad thing is I'm finishing my 12th week of working out today and I know it is important to switch things up if I want to keep advancing! And besides who can watch the same instructor 3x's a week for 12 weeks??? I could do the video and the words with out her now! :lol:!! Oh and wait talk about more laughs, any body here ever do Toni Little's abb roller??? Barbie (god love that girl) brought me hers after I whined about my spare tire and the video, oh my goodness!! I'm watching this guy thinking if I had to go some where with him in public I'ld crawl under a table. Kerry trust me I don't think there is a sane instructor (non-dorky) out there!! By the way my friend (life size barbie) her name is Rachel, I don't think I've ever mentioned that before!! Ok I need to hit the weights to finish off week 12, shhh I skipped last night so I'm doubling up tonight!!

04-10-2005, 12:17 AM
Well, I made it through another challenge. I skipped the pizza alltogether at my Dad's birthday party, and I had a small piece of cake. Also, at work last night there was a potluck, and all that I ate was the salad. I'm certainly surprising myself. This is soooo unlike me. I did pray for some willpower a couple of weeks ago, and I know that I shouldn't be surprised that He answered that prayer, because He has answered so many others, but it just amazes me. I didn't work out today, and I probably won't tomorrow, but everyone deserves a break, right? I'll be hard at it again on Monday.
Judy, I loved what you said about the piggy demon. He's taunted me many times, lol.

04-10-2005, 12:55 AM
I noticed that as I logged into our forum here, that several of you were on line at the same time. We should try to plan a chat room next weekend. That might be fun.

I'm so sorry so many of you have had problems with your pregnancies. A very good friend of mine went through the same thing. She miscarried (I don't know what month.) and then didn't get pregnant again for four years. It wasn't until she really started watching what she ate, exercising, and doing yoga that she finally got pregnant. According to her doctor, her eggs weren't staying attached to the uterine wall like they were supposed to upon fertilization. I've never had kids, and now can't so I can't totally understand what you've gone through, and are now going through, but my prayers are with you in your attempts, Kerry, and to all of you that have miscarried and struggle with the memories.

I've had an exhausting day myself. My DH and I worked on our property today for the first time. He used the weed eater, while I raked, and then he burned piles of weeds, dead branches, and such. It was very tiring, but we still went for our two-mile walk in the hills this evening. So, I feel I had a pretty good day exercise wise. I didn't eat too bad either, except for an order of curly fries that I ate with my Arby's sandwich. Calorie-wise, I did okay over all, I think. I didn't realize it until the other day that those Arby's market fresh sandwiches have a minimum of 700 calories!

And then I made a fool out of myself in Sears. My DH and I were in there getting another rake and decided to check out the exercise equipment. I was trying to walk past a weight machine and ended up tripping over it. I landed face first in the middle of all the exercise equipment. I now have a bruised knee, but fortunately no one saw me, except my husband. I always knew that those machines would probably be the death of me, but they don't have to do it in public. (My DH just walked in and said, "Yeah, that was pretty funny.) He's having fun with it because the bruise on my knee is in the same shape of the holes in the mats they had layed down. So it actually kind of looks like flower petals.

Well, I need to get to bed. I'm tired, and I still have to dry my hair. I'll try to check in tomorrow, but I have a birthday party to go to. By the way, Kim, great job at your party and the potluck. I hope I do as well tomorrow.

My official WI is Monday morning, so I better behave tomorrow.

Good night all.

04-10-2005, 06:59 AM
It's 4:30am and I can't sleep. I don't know what's wrong with me. I laughed when I read about those exercise machines being the death of you Robin. You're so funny. When I woke up, my stomach was growling, so I got up and ate an apple turnover fat free yogurt. They are so good. I love almost all of the Yoplait fat free yogurts, especially apple turnover, lemon creme pie, strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry. They are a great snack. Every day, I eat 5 prunes (also great for you, by the way), almonds, and a yogurt. For some reason, I have trouble getting in my protein and I probably need to do better since I work out so much. I don't think I could drink those protein shakes, and quite frankly, I'd hate to waste the calories on one. I'm a carboholic. Love those carbs! I tried Atkins once and I was so miserable. Out of everything I've tried, counting weight watchers points seems to work better for me than anything. If I stick with the program, I always have a loss every week. Well, hope the rest of your weekend is great. I'm just ready for it to be over with, since I work weekends. Then, I'll have 3 days off again, yeah!

04-10-2005, 09:41 AM
Good Moring Chickies :coffee:!!
This weekend flew by way too fast!! I must have a million loads of clothes to fold and put away this morning, yuck!!

Oh Robin, sorry I'm not laughing at you I'm laughing with you! When I fall, it's almost always in public! But I truly hope your knee isn't too bad, that's a rough place to have anything happen! I had a weight machine for years and never used it, not even once! When the basement flooded I tossed it just because I had help getting it up the steps!!

Kim, my friend said that Yoplait yougart is the best, so I did buy some yesterday. I just can't handle the aspertine in the fat free so I just but the lights. As for protien shakes, yea yucky comes to mind! The ones that I tried last week weren't bad at all, they weren't thick and only had 90 calories. When I find out the name brand I'll let you know! I'm with you I'm a carb queen, I would shrival up and die with out them!! I'm so bad at counting, WW does work wonders but I wind up cheating and wasting all my points then I have to starve the rest of the day! I'm just watcing my fat intake and it is working very well.

Well I peaked this morning and it looks like I might actually hit the 1/2 way mark at my official weigh in tomorrow!! It's about time! Although my mom is planning on cooking a bunch of crap today, I just may have to skip out. I've had too many weekends of cheating as of lately. I really want to buckle down and see if I can hit 140lbs by Memorial Day! I was so happy I wore a size 11 Levies yesterday, I haven't seen them in years! I mean it this time, I'm going to pack down my clothes as I get smaller and I'm getting rid of them. I don't want to ever be this over weight again! I have to except that working out and not eating like a cow is the only way I can keep this weight off!! Ya know I used to have the deluision that I could eat what ever I wanted as long as I was working out! Needless to say that was last year and well, I didn't lose any weight! There is alot of food that I miss, like pizza and Quizon's Itl. subs. But once I lose the weight I should be able to cheat once a week with no problems. Working in an office has been my biggest down fall. I used to eat out at lunch time every day! No wonder I never lost any weight! Hey look at the money I'm saving by packing everyday!

Ok this one got really long too, I best get folding these clothes!!

04-10-2005, 04:10 PM
Robin, so sorry about your knee. That hurts. I've always told my hubby that exercise is dangerous. The three times I've been to the ER in the last 10 years was because of exercising. A biking accident, falling on my head on rollerblades, and a skiing accident. Part of me is a little tentative about the above activities because of those accidents. When I was an avid rollerblader, I could eat whatever I wanted and never gained weight. I never thought it was exercise - it was so easy - in other words I was in really good shape. Now I find it hard and I'm scared of falling again. Although I always wear my helmet now. :) Skiing is the same way, I'm getting too old. Biking, however, I still love. I just don't live in a place conducive to biking (mountains are too hard to go up - down... even I can handle).

Lori, I relate with the having to starve the rest of the day because of eating too much in the morning. That was me yesterday. I was having so much trouble. You can do it - it's worth it and congrats on the size 11. I am so jealous.

Kim, I love Dannon yogurts - but then again I like them all. My favorite is McDonalds fruit parfait for $1.00. I think it has 200 calories or so (I look every time I order it). The loads of fruit is great.

I'm watching the nascar race as I type. Something about cars going in circles puts me to sleep so I have to do something else. Mostly I'm keeping my son company.

Yesterday, DS asked if I wanted to do Dance, Dance Revolution (DDR) on the playstation. For those of you not in the know, it's a dance mat and you have to move to the circles on the pad that the screen directs you to. I was so sweaty and breathing hard by the time we were done, I knew I got plenty of exercise. Lori, speaking of exercise, I did crunches and lifting weights. I can feel the crunches today. That's a good thing.

Have a great day, chickees.

04-10-2005, 10:09 PM
Marie - Dance revolution sounds just my style. I am such a chicken when it comes to sports. It sounds like you really enjoy some of the things I am afraid of. I broke my foot biking and my wrist blading. Yikes! Now I'm afraid of both.

Probably because I'm such a clutz too. Robin - I feel for you falling down in public. :lol: Though you gotta laugh. Usually when it happens to me my DH just busts out and I get so mad at him.

Lori - I went looking for the book, but didn't find anything by her at the bookstore. I'm going to have to order off Amazon. It looks like she has a lot of titles, should I still try the Definition one first? Good luck with hitting your halfway point at WI. I guess I did that unceremoniously last week.

Judy - Your walks sound wonderful. Good luck with your choices during your events and luncheons next week.

Kim - I'm a carb junkie too - love them!! Can't stay away from them :s: They are my enemy. I don't think I get enough protein either.

I haven't been great this weekend. DH fried flounder and zuchinni and mushrooms on Saturday night and we drank beer. It was fun :D But probably not good for me. I still haven't got movin and I know I didn't lose any this week. I'm craving chocolate and salty stuff. Grrrr. I know I know -- :workout: + :tread: + :drill: + :barbell: = :goodscale
Get with the program :p

04-11-2005, 07:33 AM
Good Morning Chickies :coffee: !!
I hate getting up for work, but I did hit the half way mark this morning 149lbs. Yea!!! I wanted to be at this point last weekend, so I'm not too far off this mini goal. Now to concentrate on the next 140lbs by Memorial Day!

I'm making my lunch now, I just love these Tyson Chicken Stir Fry meals, 15 mins. in the microwave and I have a healthy lunch or dinner.

Kerry, yes Joyce has many books, but her Definition one is the best weight lifting book she has. I have some of her others, but I always turn to this one. I get the best results from this work out. When you get it read it over and I'll be happy to help you. I wore my first book out, so I picked up a hard back on E-bay.

Marie, I'll have to check out that PS game. We have 3 Play stations, my DH is just as bad as the kids, our original one broke so when I sent it in to be fixed he ran out and bought another one! I also read about a rebounder being easy on the knees and not being a crazy hard work out. Have any of you tried this??

Ok you guys, your scaring me with your accident stories, I think my best was when I bought my bike. I got it at Wal-mart so it was already together. I got home and jumped on. (hadn't rode in years) I'm zipping around and the handle bars flew off. I didn't wreck but was darn close! I had to take my bike that was a few hours old back to the store. Who ever put it together stripped the handle bar screws. Now skiing, I had the most fun in my life, but I don't have time to tell the story now, but just let me say I was on the ground more than my feet!!

Ok I have to get ready for work, I'll check in later today!!

04-11-2005, 10:51 AM
Alright, Kerry and Lori, you're both in the 140's. I'm jealous, lol. I had a MAJOR cheat day yesterday. I cheated from 9:00am when I stopped for Krispie Kremes for church until midnight last night, nonstop. I put away like 4500 calories. I felt miserable too. It's like once I start eating sweet stuff, I can't stop. I'm going to try not to beat myself up too bad. I'll just work out extra hard all week and try to keep my calories around 1200 each day to make up for it. I'll try my best to stay off the scale until my next weigh in on Sunday. Does that sound like a decent plan? I'm open to any other suggestions. At least I'm off for 3 days now. I'm pretty exhausted. I'm going to get some sleep and hopefully I'll feel like going to a step class at 5:30.

04-11-2005, 10:56 AM
Not to happy with myself today after being such a bad girl all weekend. I seem to have probably gained 1/2 a pound, which I guess isn't bad. I have stocked the fridge here at work for the week and have full intentions of staying ON PLAN. I'm also going to force myself to walk and do some strength training this week. Walk at LEAST 3 evenings and strength at LEAST 2. I've got to do it. GOT to!!! Stress and anxiety or not - exercise is important and I must make time. I MUST!!!!

04-11-2005, 06:11 PM
Hi Chickies,

Did the Monday morning problems hit you all? I found a way around it - took the day off. It's been really nice. Quiet and relaxing. I've done some counted cross stitch and baking. I made banana bread in my bread machine and that's what I had for lunch. I tried using half Splenda and half sugar, then half butter and half applesauce and it was difficult to tell that I made a reduction of 500 calories in the recipe. I think the change will be permanent. It really worked out well. Then I made my kids brownies and used the high altitude recipe (most of the time I forget) and it had 1/2 the oil of the regular recipe and only one egg instead of two. My kids will never know the difference and I feel like I could have a piece if I wanted without totally screwing up my plan. So I've been busy altering recipes for the diet. DH said he couldn't tell the difference on the banana bread and DS ate two pieces of brownies without complaint. :)

Today is an exercise day. I have to work out on the Gazelle but I sort of like that. We put a music concert in the DVD and put it on the big screen so you get to see everything while exercising to upbeat music. So far I'm on track with my calories.

Lori, the game needs a dance pad but maybee you can't rent that too. The game itself has a workout mode and it's pretty cool. I love one of the songs but my kids won't let me just dance to the one.

Kerry and Kim, good luck getting on track. Weekends are hard, aren't they? I don't know why since today is a "weekend" type of day for me, and it's not hard. But Sat and Sun, I struggled with. Know that you aren't alone.

Talk with you all later and have a great afternoon.

04-11-2005, 07:34 PM
Hey, there!

It sounds like everyone's in a good mood, despite a bump and bruise here and there....Robin, I think you worked off those curly fries! I hope your weigh-in went well today.

Lori, congrats on reaching the halfway mark! :bravo: I have a ways to go just to reach this year's halfway mark, so seeing others hang in there and reach it is an inspiration for me.

Kerry, I hope your week is off to a good start. As long as you don't let yourself slack off for long, I think you'll be fine. Lst week reinforced for me how much working out helps me when I 'm stressing, and how great it feels to make sure that I get some "me" time even during a busy period.

Speaking of stress, I did my taxes yesterday....and I might actually be getting a refund. Unless I filled it out wrong (I did it by hand, didn't use TurboTax this year). If I'm wrong, I'm sure the IRS will be nice enough to clue me in :lol: I might wait 'til Friday night to mail it, though. My community has a big block party outside the main post office on 4/15, complete with food vendors and a bluse band (how appropriate). People bring folding chairs and hang out, and last-minute filers are pleasantly surprised to show up at a party at 11PM.....

Marie, Kim and all you other losers, have a good evening!


04-11-2005, 07:42 PM
I posted a reply today, this morning, and it's not here. I must have hit the wrong button. I hate it when I do that. I don't have time to write more now, but I will try to log back in this morning. I think weight-loss gnomes must have deleted it. It's the only possible explanation. :D

Have great rest of the day!

04-11-2005, 10:06 PM
Hey just a quick check in, I promise!

Kerry, by all means working out will let lose some of the stress, wish I knew why, but it really does work wonders!!

Kim, that's a killer cheat day, (I love/hate those days) my advice, go on like it never happened!! But the next time you look at all those donoughts you need to remember how bad too many can make you feel. Buy only one and take it home for desert.

Judy, what a hoot a party at the post office??? Oh my goodness that's almost too funny!

Marie, I have a cook book full of low fat receipes, they use apple sauce instead of oil and butter. Some of it is awsome, and some can leave you wondering!

Robin, catch that gnome!! :lol: Check in and let us know how it's going today!!

Ok, I'm running, oh and got the A/C today YEA!!!

04-11-2005, 10:15 PM
Oh my gosh, I think it has been a year since I checked in!!!! So much happening with you gals! A couple of points hit home--miscarriages--same here, and it sure is tough to live through. I know the due dates were tough on me for years. I have always been surrounded by children, and the pain was very real that none of them were mine. Time is a wonderful healer, though, and having a stepson that is a real nutcase helps too!

And as for the pain of exercise---I have 1 spot of arthritis--thanks to rollerblades!!!!

The basement is still far from back together-but that is the least of my problems right now. I feel like I am living at the office. 12 hour days feel like part time right now. a girl is making life really tough on me there (she has a jealousy issue going) and I don't do well with the jealousy/ competition thing. Her last day is Friday and while she thinks that she will be able to stay with the business and work from Chicago, I have big news for her ---IT AIN'T HAPPENING!!!
This, too shall pass and I will be able to live again, but for now, I just come home,hit the shower and then bed!

My scale is stacked in a corner of the basement, don't know when I will ever get back to it!!!!!

Hang in there everyone, you are such an inspiration---and it is so nice to know that I can just jump right back in when I have a chance to take a breath!

Hugs to all!

04-12-2005, 12:30 AM
Lori-that is great advice. I can't dwell on it.
I did much better today. I had 1200 calories and went to my step aerobics class. I'm back on track now. Tomorrow I'm making taco soup. I love that stuff! Also, I'm planning on 1 hour at the gym. Have a great night ladies!

04-12-2005, 09:23 AM
I'm feeling better today too. I ate well yesterday and took a wonderful long strenuous walk after work. It's been hot and humid and icky here the past week, so I was a sweaty mess and I thought Bella was going to pant all night. I had to turn on the a/c for awhile. It's supposed to cool down again starting today and rain a bit. We really need some rain to clean the nasty pollen out of the air. These unseasonably hot spring days have me dreading the summer. I hate it. I really feel like doing nothing but sit inside where I can breathe. People think they're suffering now from the pollen, HA :lol: Once the mold sets in for the summer I lose most ability to breathe through my nose without drugs. It stinks!

It sounds like everyone is off to a good start this week. Of course Marie had the right idea to take Monday off :smug: the week is much better without a Monday at work!

Joetta - it is good to see you back for a second or two before you rush off to your busy life. I hope things start to come ease up on you a bit. Didn't you just hire a new employee? She's going to help out a lot right?

Kim - you sure do exercise girl! I need to take a page from your book. Way to go!

Judy - that sounds like quite a party at the post office! And good for you on the tax refund - that has to feel good! :)

Lori - That's AWESOME that you hit the half-way point!!!! :D So what is your goal for Memorial day? 140? So that's 7 weeks. . . I think I'm right there with you. If I can get down to 140 by May 30 I will cry with joy!

Robin - I lost a post recently posting from home and couldn't believe it! :o I was so upset. Now I refuse to hit anything before coping & pasting no matter where I post from! ;)

04-12-2005, 07:03 PM
Just a short, quick note again. I'll catch up more tomorrow. I promise. I hope everyone is doing well today. It's been a stressful last two days here. And as such, that darned wagon threw me off again. At least it didnt' back over me this time. I'll be back on track tomorrow and should be settled back in for a while. Life just sometimes gets in the way of my having fun. ;)


04-12-2005, 08:40 PM
Hey, everybody looks like they are sailing along pretty well!!
Everyone seems to have a good upbeat attitude, even if we are all killer busy and hanging on to the wagon by our toe nails! :D Don't let him get ya Robin, that driver of yours needs to behave!!

My goodness, I don't have much to report today! I just realized things are kind of quite around here. I best not say that out loud!! I just finished cleaning out the inside of the furnace (spring cleaning the furnace) now there's a concept. I usually run around like an idiot in September replacing batteries in the smoke detectors and sweeping out the registers. Now with the air this thing is going to run all year round. Well maybe the kids will try harder not to let their toys fall down in the register and I won't have to sweep and scoop in September!!

Oh Kerry, how I hate the humidity!! We get our fair share here in PA! I'm so glad we called the A/C guy before that started again!! Nothing worse than being in a tin box on those hot days!! Kerry, I don't know if I'll cry with joy, but I'll be beside my self. I'm soo worried that I won't be able to break 140, I haven't been below 145 since they killed my thyroid. I'm very interested to see how my body reacts. And also slightly worried that I'll have to adjust my meds again (which can really slow weight loss down) and it takes months for them to get it right!!

Joetta, we miss your humor! I hope things slow up a bit for you soon!! I HATE the office crap, what is wrong with people, if she'ld just mind her own business she might get some work done!! I learned that working at Verizon, over 800 people in the building and if you had time for office politics you weren't doing your job. It was the first time I ever worked for a big company and the atmosphere was very different. At smaller businesses some body always hates my guts, usually a female with jealousy/competition issues. And I must have a big target on me, but the jokes on them, I don't want to be boss. But they usually feel I'm I threat, which I could be if I wanted but I've got better things to do with my time. I figure I'm the CEO at home and that's enough problems.

Ok I need to do dinner and work out! Kim's got enough work out motivation to keep me running for the week :D !!!

04-12-2005, 09:52 PM
Just wanted you all to know that I am here. I've been keeping up with the post, but I guess I just haven't had much to say. I have been having a hard time getting back on track and I'm not sure why. I start the day off really well but by the end of the day I'm like to h-- with it and start looking for something to eat even when I'm not really hungry. I hope this will pass just another hurdle along the way......(I guess)


04-13-2005, 12:40 AM
I have had an O.K. day. I made several poor food choices. I started really well, then ended up eating some peanut butter and chocolate and 2 doughnuts again. I did go to a 45 minute spin class though. That probably burned most of the calories. That is a major workout. I've got my mind made up...tomorrow's a new day, and I'm going to eat very healthy. Wednesday is the day that I usually go the gym twice, so that will help.

Kerry and Lori-I'd like to shoot for the 140 goal for Memorial Day also. I've got more to lose than the 2 of you, and I probably weigh more than 151 now. I'm afraid to weigh right now. I'm going to really try to push myself to hit 140 though. That would be awesome!

04-13-2005, 09:26 AM
Good Morning Chicks! :coffee: I made a cake in celebration of National Library Week for everyone here at work. I'll probably have to have a sliver, but I made it with LF sour cream :lol: I have done GREAT the past two days and I don't believe that darn scale said 145 this morning and I'm not counting or claiming anything until my weigh in Monday. I don't know why, but it always seems like I weigh less on Wed than Mon :shrug: I do have restored hope though and I am on the 140 by Memorial Day Plan - Let's do IT!

I worked late last night so that I can leave early on Thur. My brother is coming to visit and getting in late Thur. I need time to clean up the guest room and get ready for him. I'm going to make desperate attempts to stay on plan while the little bro is here, but he's been known for serious sabotage!! :devil:

It has cooled down here and got rainy. That hurts my walking plans, but I'm going to do something tonight exercise-wise no matter what! I hope all of you are doing well, staying on plan and feeling positive!

04-13-2005, 02:22 PM
Hi all

Kim and Paige, you'll get back on track. Keep posting. I think that's a big key into staying accountable. When I say I'm going to exercise to all of you, I make sure I do it. I wouldn't want to lie. Also, when I say I'm on plan, I wouldn't want to screw that up. So if you post, maybe it'll help nudge you back where you want to be. Good luck.

Kerry, good luck with the little brother. Guests always make staying on plan difficult, but I know you can do it. You've gone through a lot worse so good luck on sticking with it.

I've been on plan and stumbled onto a way to beat the morning snacking at work. Eat a bigger breakfast. I did that today and it's a lot better. I'm going to try that for a few days and if it continues to work, I'm going to rearrange when I eat my calories. It's nice not to be digging around for anything to eat. Plus, I enjoyed the breakfast (my low cal banana bread).

Tonight is exercise night and I hope I have more motivation than I did on Monday. I just didn't have the ompphh to go on the gazelle. I went 1.5 miles in 30 minutes whereas last Friday I went 2 miles. Definitely more push last week. So my goal is to put more effort into the exercise tonight.


04-13-2005, 05:45 PM
Hello ladies. It's been a rough couple of days, but I'm somewhat back on track now. I've struggled with serious, chronic depression since I was a small child. And while I usually try to be a positive kind of person, every now and then I have a bad day, or few, in which I just don't care about anything. I don't want to get out of bed; I don't want to work, I don't want to exercise; I don't want to do anything good for myself. And so while it could have been much worse, I ate a huge doughnut and a large cookie with icing on Monday, and six chocolate-chip/M&M cookies on Tuesday. I take medication for the depression, which does help, but I think my hormones have a huge say in how I feel, too.

Speaking of hormones. I think I had my TOM starting last Friday and finishing up probably yesterday, or today. I say "I think" because I've actually had a hysterectomy a few years ago. I still have one ovary, so I still have my cycle, I just don't have the cramps like I used to (Thank God!) But I was retaining water and my breasts were sore like I was getting my TOM. Anyway, when I weighed in on Monday, I was still only 192, even though two days earlier I had weighed myself at 188 at home. It had to be the water weight, so I'm not too upset. That just means that I should have a bigger loss this next WI on the 25th.

I've also been fighting a battle for my husband's family. He has an aunt that is 56, but is mentally about 10. She had a really high fever as a baby and it left her somewhat ******ed. She has held a job the last 27+ plus years at a local hospital as a custodian. And they've always kept her working just under full time. They've given her two weeks of vacation a year but that's her only benefit. She's gotten no retirement at all. She's always supported herself financially, but now the hospital has two complaints of sexual harassment against her. And anyone who knows her, knows that that just isn't possible. I'm guessing they're trying to get rid of her. She doesn't understand what's going on. So, I've got calls in to the Labor Board and the Human Rights Commission on her behalf. It's stressful, and it really p*sses me off to know how they've taken advantage of her all this time. And from what I'm finding, I've only touched the surface. Sorry for the venting, but you're all so sympathetic, I was hoping you might have some other ideas on how to deal with this. I've got calls in to just about every state agency, and they all seem to agree with me. We haven't yet called an attorney, but that is our next step.

Take care all and I hope everyone is doing well with the exercise, eating, and drinking water. We're all doing really well, even with life's set backs. Kerry, enjoy your time with your brother. Kim, it sounds like we both go for the same foods. They're evil, I tell you. :devil: And good luck to everyone with the 140 goal. My goal for this week is not eat any more cookies or donuts. I'll start with that.

Take care.

04-13-2005, 08:25 PM
Good evening Chicks!
I spoke way to soon about things being quite, coz today the bottom fell out!! Work was just over the top crazy and the kids are cranky! Just shoot me now :dizzy:!!

Kim, your going to have to drive a differnt way home, bad donoughts, bad! I can't eat them, they cause me great pain (I think it's the grease) they talk back all day long! Now baked is a whole differnt ball game. Kim we'll have to get you stocked up on some better sweets!!

Oh Robin, that's just the pitts! The closest I ever got to depression is when my thyroid was super over active, I just wanted to lay on the couch I didn't care if the house would have burnt down around me! From what I understand the hormone imbalance was alot like menapause. I told DH if I act like that again just dig a hole in the yard and toss me in. Oh I was next to unbearable. I've read so many articles as of lately about how physical fitness helps with depression. But I'm glad your doing better today! :)

Marie, I read a great article today that says the stars eat 5 small meals a day to stay thin! I have a hard time squeezing it all in, my lunch box is over flowing with stuff! I just love to eat!!

Paige, keep your chin up, your doing sooo good! A few bad days won't hurt a darn thing. Pull that wagon around and get right back on! How many people at work are still sticking to it? I know you guys had a big group to start with, I was just curious.

Kerry, it is soo hard to stay on plan with company! But it will be fun having him over. How was the cake??

Ok, I want to mention this to see if I'm the only one or if anybody else if having similar poblems. I am all of the sudden starving, and I mean really bad. I can't seem to get my food to last more than a couple of hours and I'm starving all over again. So I'm trying to eat my small meals, but I seem to be just plain old eating more. What's your thoughts??

04-13-2005, 09:20 PM
Just to let you know that I haven't forgotten you, and that I haven't fallen by the wayside....I'm swamped again at work, and haven't been able to do anything but get home late and pass out. But I'm eating per plan, for the most part, and working out most days. I want to respond to what I've quickly read, but if I start, I won't get home before 10PM.

Hugs to you all, hope that Thursday is a good day for each one of you!

judy :wave:

04-13-2005, 10:27 PM
Hi Ladies,

I am trying to keep motivated but still really struggling with this mental roadblock I have hit. The real test will be if I go to WI tomorrow or skip. My scale and the WW scale are pretty close each week as far as my weight goes. My scale shows I have gained 4 lbs. this week and I don't know why. Well thats not true I guess.... My hands and feet are swollen, TOM should have been here 2 weeks ago (and before you ask No, I am not....) and I have broken out in hives from head to toe. So something is going on I am just not sure what it is.

Lori- Our WW group at work has dropped off. We started with 21 people and about 10 say they are doing it as they walk out of the cafeteria with a "school" lunch, and then they don't show up for WI, about 5 do it part time when it is convenient, and there are about 6 of us really doing it!!!

Marie- I am taking your advice and I am going to try and post more often to see if this helps my state of mind.

Everyone else... thanks for posting as often as you all do!! It really does help me to see everyone else's struggles and successes. THANKS!!


04-14-2005, 02:08 AM
Well, today has went so much better. I made it to the gym twice today as planned and kept my calories under 1350. I didn't eat any doughnuts, either. :p

Kerry-Good luck staying on plan with your brother visiting. :goodluck: That definitely makes it more challenging, but you can do it!

Marie-Eating a bigger breakfast does help a lot. It keeps me from snacking before lunch and I usually eat less throughout the day. Thanks for the advice. :thanks: It does help me to stay on track when I post here.

Robin-That's horrible about your husband's aunt. Some people are so mean. That's nice of you to help her out though.

Lori-Those doughnuts are bad! :lol: I was just wondering, have you increased your workouts? The more I exercise, the more I want to eat.

Paige- I would suggest that you go to your meeting, even if you're expecting a least for encouragement.

Judy-Great job eating right and working out! :high:

04-14-2005, 09:26 AM
I'm leaving early today and going to try to get a thousand things done: clean up the guest room, organize my clothes for consignment and Goodwill, shop for a wedding shower gift, wrap said gift, go to the grocery to stock up of snacks for brother and DH, prepare for interview tomorrow morning, and workout! WOW! :dizzy:

I did learn some interesting news yesterday. There is a good chance that the powers that be here where I work now are going to offer me a FT permanent position. I'm supposed to find out officially tomorrow. Let's just say that I'm in a bit of shock and spinning. My jaw dropped and I was speechless. Yes, me, speechless. :eek: This would be a good thing and I would take it and we would stay put. DH would not have to change schools, etc. :^: Keep your fingers crossed!! :goodvibes

Paige - I hope you get to feeling better. I have a good friend that deals with this and sees a psych regularly to get it out. Feel better soon and don't worry about the gain. You'll get back on track!

Robin - That stinks about your husband's aunt. I hope you get some good answers. I'm sorry I have no input or assistance to offer. I wish you and her all the best in sorting it out.

Lori - Sometimes I am starving! It happens mostly before I leave for the day to go home and I am dying for dinner. I agree that if you are exercising more that could have a huge impact. :workout:

Marie - I wish I had time for a big breakfast - good for you. I barely roll out of bed with enough time to get ready and drive to work. I LOVE my sleep almost as much as food! :D I hope it helps you!

Kim - I can't be near donuts. Keep them out of your sight and house and office! Find a substitute or just eat a couple donut holes or even eat the baked kind instead of the fried. Good luck getting back on track! We're here for you.

Judy - I hope things calm down for you. Do you stress out or are you more Zenlike? ;) We all know what I do! :p

I'll check back in later. Have a great day ladies! :)

04-14-2005, 06:10 PM
Paige - I hope your WI went well today. And I hope you went, even if it was just for the support of your group. And I agree with Kerry, maybe you should see someone about the hives and such. Are you allergic to anything that you know of?

Kerry - Good luck with the permanent job at your current location. I bet they're afraid of losing you. Good employees are hard to find. I'll have my fingers and toes crossed for you. Let us know as soon as you find out. Okay, maybe you can tell your DH first.

Kim - For what you eat in junk food, you more than make up with your exercise. Twice in one day! You go, girl!

Judy - I hope work lightens up on you. All work and no play is no fun!

Lori - You are definitely not the only one that's getting hungrier. It's your body adjusting to the exercising and dieting. I can be fine for quite a while, and then step my exercise up just a bit, and then I'm starving by dinner time. Or all the time, rather. I just try to drink more water. Sometimes it helps. Sometimes it doesn't. I was also told that drinking cold, ice water will calm the hunger pangs, but I have sensitive teeth so I haven't tried it.

Marie - How is the larger breakfast working for you. Now that is Spring, I love all the fresh fruits and such. I make myself a huge fruit smoothie every morning. I drink it on the way to work. It fills me up, and because it's mostly fiber, it lasts for a while. You just gotta find what works for you.

Everything's fine here. Went for my walk in the rain last night. And then came home and gave my 90lb dog a bath. That's a workout in itself. We both felt better afterwards.

Have a great evening everyone. :wave:

04-14-2005, 06:23 PM
Robin - How do you make your smoothie (blender? or do you have a special machine) and what do you put in it? I'm super curious and it sounds YUMMY! :D

04-14-2005, 07:53 PM
I use a blender, and other than some base ingredients, I vary the fruit quite a bit. I almost always include a banana, about a tablespoon of orange juice concentrate, and some 1% or skim milk. Otherwise, I add various berries for a berry smoothie. I add pineapple and mango for a tropical smoothie. Or sometimes I do a peach/mango mix. The combinations are limited by what kind of fruit you like. I like most fruits. And when adding peaches and such, I include the skin. The orange juice concentrate gives it a little more sweetness and vitamin C. The banana and milk add calcium and potassium. I also use frozen fruits in the winter.

This morning I made my smoothy with the usual banana, ojc, milk, strawberries, and blackberries. I like to pick blackberries, huckleberries, and blueberries in the summer and fall and freeze them. I had some blackberries left over from this last time, so I'm trying to use them up.

They're really easy to make, taste good, are good for you, and are easy to clean up after. And they're filling.


04-14-2005, 07:56 PM
I've also added about a tablespoon or two of wheat germ. I don't really taste it, but it does affect the texture some. And it provides other nutrients that at one time was told are important. I don't remember what they are now. And I'm currently out, myself.


04-14-2005, 08:06 PM
Yaay! Two good things to report today: my scale FINALLY scootched down to 235, and I got through the day without killing anyone at the office! I can feel my body getting smaller, so it's been hard to be patient with the slow progress of the scale. And I've been very calm about things that would have sent me into a tailspin, and I think I've been pretty good about maintaining my composure despite some pretty bizarre stuff at work. So as you can tell, I'm feeling pretty good about myself at this moment :cool: .

Hang in there, Paige! Remember where you've come from on this journey, and don't be discouraged. When I feel my energy flagging, I go over to the Success threads, and read about the barriers some of the women overcame to reach their goals, and then I feel like a real slacker! It's hard, but many people make it--we can, too!

Kim, good for you, working out twice a day! The most I can do on a day with a full workout is an extra 20-30 minute walk. My body complains when I go overboard, especially my knees. But if you can do it, more power to you!

Kerry, what if after all that, you didn't have to relocate to find a job? I'm keeping my fingers, crossed, too. Re the stress, I have been practicing different things for over a year, like hypotherapy and meditation. I'm not very good at them, but they have helped me from falling into my lifelong pattern of mentally rehashing s-it, and working myself into a lather of anger or depression (or using, food, alcohol or cigarettes to "calm" myself down). I'm not a religious person, but if I were, I would totally be relying on prayer.

Robin--my thoughts are with you, you have a lot to deal with. Good luck with your goal for the week, I hope you are satisfied with your progress so far!

Oh, and the smoothie question--I use one of those handheld blenders, almost every morning. I use a cup of frozen fruit (berries, peaches and mangoes are my faves), a spoon of ground flaxseeds, two scoops of protein powder and a little less than a cup of water. Works for me! When I use peavches, I often add ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. If you don't like protein powder, you can use milk or soymilk instead of water.

Be well, everyone--judy

04-14-2005, 08:17 PM
Hey Chickies!!
Yes almost Friday!!! I have to rush tonight to squeeze in work out and watch my shows! I've almost given up trying to watch TV more than one evening a night, there just isn't enough time!!

Kerry, talk about getting all excited about the options, why is it when your looking for a job you can't find one, but if you have one offer or take a job you seem to have 20 new offers?? Who knows, but I hope you get the one you want, and if it is staying put, so be it!

Robin and Kim, yes I did up my work outs so the intense hunger has to be related!! Thank you, and Kerry too for letting me know that it's normal! When my thyroid was over active, I was hungry ALL the time and ate like it was the last super daily! What scares me was how sick and weak I felt (wich I feel great now) It just gives me flash backs, I don't ever want to be that sick again!!!

Judy, glad your still doing good with as busy as you are! Remember keep checking in!!!

Paige, I hope things went well for you today and if they didn't DO NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP!!! Hives are just awful, I feel for you!! Don't feel bad, remember I was working out with two ingrown toe nails, a femal infection, and a splinter in my butt/thigh area that got way out of hand before I knew what it was! I was starting to think give up under wear all together :lol:!! Everything is healing and you will too!!!

04-14-2005, 10:03 PM
Well I did not get to go to WI today, and I had really decided to bite the bullet and go. This morning my principal told me that she had to take her mom to the doctor this afternoon so I would need to get things started for a special event we had afterschool for our third and fourth graders so I wasn't able to get to the meeting. I am feeling alittle better about things and I really think that the weight gain is due to water retention and waiting for TOM to finally arrive. Tomorrow is a new day and I am really going to start the day off with a good attitude. The only problem is that tomorrow I have an all day training and they will have all kinds of snacks available and will be providing lunch. So I will take my own snacks and I am sure the lunch will be some kind of deli boxed lunch (it was last time). This is part of a two day training on classroom walkthroughs. Tomorrow I get my palm pilot for going to this training so they are showing us how to use it with their method of walkthroughs. The first session was in the fall. Last year they gave us laptops for going to a two day technology training. Pretty good for only a 2 day committment.

Kerry-good look with the potential offer tomorrow!!!

Everyone else.... Thanks for the support in helping me to get over this hump!!!!


04-14-2005, 10:57 PM
Today has been another good day for me. I did a spin class, an ab class, and a step aerobics class. I'm paying for all of that binging I did Sunday and Tuesday. I've got to work 11p-7a tonight, so I won't have time to eat too unhealthy.

Kerry-Sounds like you're staying really busy. I'll be praying for that job offer. That's wonderful news!!!!!!

Robin-I had my first smoothie from TCBY a couple of days ago and LOVED it!! I need to invest in a smoothie maker or blender. Would you believe that I don't even own a blender? What would you recommend?

Judy-WOOOHOOOO on the 235!!!!! That's awesome! I love it when I see that scale move down.

Lori-Just a suggestion, but something that helps me is eating a handful of almonds after I work out. I love almonds, so it's a treat for me. They are very filling also.

Paige-Wow, a laptop, that would be nice. You're right, tomorrow is a new day for all of us, and it's going to be a good one! Have a great night!

04-14-2005, 11:12 PM
Kim- I am so impressed after 3 classes you are still standing and have the energy to go to work tonight. I need some of that to rub off on me right about now!!!!


04-14-2005, 11:19 PM
Girls, I have been reading the posts and tried to keep everything straight--but I have a confession...............

I just walked back from my sister and brother-in-law's house, and while I was there he brought out a bottle of vodka that I gave him for his birthday! I don't handle alcohol well ( I am a cheap drunk!), so while I am reading here, I can't keep anything straight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me sober up and I'll check back tomorrow---I will be sleeping well tonight!


04-15-2005, 12:48 AM
Hey Joetta, how many fingers am I holding up? That's so funny. I also don't handle alcohol very well, but I don't think I would have admited that I had too much to drink while I was on here. Although, it probably would have been funny to go back and read what I wrote the next day if I did. I can't spell when I'm sober.

Kim - Wow, three classes in one day. I should send my fat cells with you. You're such an inspiration. Keep it up! My blender is just a bottom line Hamilton Beach, probably around $25. But if you want to chop ice, I would recommend a little better one. Mine will do it, but it takes a while. I think the Hamilton Beach brand is a good one though.

Paige - Hang in there. Tomorrow is a new day and we'll face it together head on. I had a bad week, too. I've exercised some, but I've eaten really badly. Monday I had a huge donut and iced cookie, Tuesday I had six chocolate-chip cookies, I forget what I had yesterday, but today I had a candy bar, and a Dairy Queen M&M Blizzard. But tomorrow we'll start again. I promise you that I will eat correctly the rest of the week if you will, too. What do you say?

Judy - Congrats on the 235! Like Kim said, it great when the scale moves down!

Well, I gotta go. Thursday is my TV night, too. CSI is about to start. I love that show.


04-15-2005, 07:28 AM
Yes it is 6:30 am and I am sitting here waiting for my lil bro to get in. He missed his interchange in Lexington and took the LONG way. :lol: Not really surprised since he had no directions/map when I spoke with him as he left town. I told DH he'd get lost. Silly kid! :p

So real quick while I'm sitting here.. .

WAY TO GO JUDY!! :bravo: :cp: That must feel great to see the scales move down and your hard work pay off. Keep it up!

And Joetta - :lol3: :rofl: :hat: :lol: Thanks for a good laugh. I needed that.

I'll be back later today. Hopefully with good news! :crossed:

04-15-2005, 02:51 PM
I GOT THE JOB!!!!! :cb: :hat: :flow1: :cb: :encore: :dancer:

I am still in shock! It all becomes affective Monday. :smoking: :cool: :D I am going out to celebrate tonight! YAY!!!!

We get to stay here, DH gets to finish school where he started and I get paid more than I would anywhere else! :smug: I am so HAPPY! :)

04-15-2005, 05:15 PM
Congratulations Kerry!!!!

:cb: :cp: :dance: :dancer: :wizard: :cheer: :grouphug: :bravo: :wave:


04-15-2005, 06:39 PM
Yaaay, Kerry! I'd drink a toast to you, but I'm afraid that Joetta's polished off the bottle :p Seriously, congratulations. Ain't it grand when things work themselves out?

Lori, congratulations on working up an appetite! It's funny, because sitting around doing nothing can also make you hungry, so at least now you have a good excuse. I keep a Balance bar or some almonds in my gym bag. At first I'd be ravenous on my way out of the gym, but now I'm more conscious of thirst, so I'm more likely to chug some water, then I don't feel particularly hungry.

Paige--I hope your training went well! Now that you have a Palm, you can download fitness programs onto it, or keep a journal in it.

Robin--I know that you will have a good week next week. Although I am a bit jealous--this is perfect weather for a Blizzard! A Hershey's ice cream parlor opened up right by my office, I have to walk past it every day. Luckily, ice cream gives me a stomachache now....although I think sorbet might not be a problem :devil:

Kim--you must be one of those iron-women-triathletes or something! Re smoothies, blenders are great, but if you'll never use it except to make smoothies, you might invest in one of those small hand-held blenders. They are much easier to clean than regular blenders. Some of them even have lids, so you can grab your smoothie and go.

Gotta head off to FedEx before the 6PM pick-up. Have a good evening!


04-15-2005, 08:12 PM
Yeah Kerry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is awesome news. I am really glad that it worked out for you in the end. It has to be a major relief!!!

Joetta- You are too funny!! I hope you didn't pay for it this morning. Nothing worse then a hangover!!!

I was at a training all day and I have an awesome Palm. It really is capable of doing much more then I thought it would. I can't wait to get it all figured out. I did as well as I could they served gourmet hamburgers with all the fixins, chips and cobbler. I ate half of the hamburger (it was huge) and a small bite of cobbler and passed on the chips. I probably won't eat anything tonight. I am in better spirits and am looking forward to seeing how I do this week. I think the thing that upset me the most about the weight gain is that I was staying on plan, but still gaining. If I gain I want it be because I ate something really yummy!! But I was down a pound this morning so hopefully this is passing.

We have a busy weekend planned. The kids are having a spring festival at their school tomorrow and my mother in law is coming on Sunday (yipee). The good thing is she will be here Monday and I have to work, Mike and the kids will be home to entertain her.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!!

04-15-2005, 08:20 PM
Kerry-that is wonderful news!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you.

Judy-great advice, I think I will get one of those handheld ones, Thanks!

Paige-Great job with the food choices! I don't know if I could've done that.

Well, I'm off to work. Have a great weekend!

04-15-2005, 08:45 PM
Kerry, congratulatins!!! You have all been shuffeling in every direction, and wouldn't ya know it! So I guess this means we won't all have to drive U-haul and come pack??? Just kidding, this should work out great for you! Hope you and your bro have a great weekend!!!

Robin, I love watching CSI, although I'm finding it best to only watch one a week. I was really wasting a ton of time trying to watch all three nights, but it got so addicting! When they started re-runs and basketball a few weeks ago I was able to slightly break my habbit!!

Paige, I'm glad your outlook is better!! That darned old scale can be such a bad guy! Sounds like your going to have a busy, fun weekend!!! And way to go on the lunch, I'ld have crumbled, I LOVE burgers, they are second to pizza in my favorite book. But I am picky, I want real beef!!! That's what I'm planning for my Memorial day cheat, big burgers on the grill and cabbage and noodles! Oh I can't wait!!!

Judy, I upped my meal intake today and squeezed out 4 small meals instead of 2 big ones and a snack. It's about 7:30 here and I'm starting to get hungry again!! I guess I'll just have to eat again! Now I was warned (by some other 3FC's) not to be alarmed if I put on a couple pounds at first since I raised my weights, so don't let me forget this on way in Monday!!!

Joetta, I can't beleive you were able to log on and find us!!! I get those stupid beer googles and honestly can't function! Hope you made it to work and don't feel tooo bad!!! :lol:

Ok, I've really done it to myself now, that thing on my rear seems to be infected!! If you could all see this you'ld fall over laughing! It's in my crease of my leg and butt so I can't see it without a mirror and I'm trying to get peroxide on it! I swear, the older I get the more body parts fall off! At this rate they'll have to cash me in for a lower maintance model :lol:!!

I'm here alone so I'm going to eat and enjoy my piece and quite time!!!

04-15-2005, 11:29 PM
WAY TO GO KERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really am so very happy for you!
Life is so much easier when you have stability.

I survived the vodka. This morning when I woke up, my first 3 thoughts were:

1. I've gotta wash my hair

2. Why didn't I wash it last night?

3. Oh, yeah.

Lori, when I read about your splinter, I am so sorry, but I laughed so hard that I was crying!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I was imagining trying to swab peroxide in that location in the condition that I was in last night. I now have mascara all over my face, thank you very much!

Speaking of pain in the butt, the girl at work that has given me fits the past few weeks finally had her last day today!!!! happy dance, happy dance!! I am starting to get her cases cleaned up, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! (okay, just my luck it will be an oncoming train) The new girls should work out very well, so life will get back to abbynormal, and I can venture back onto the scale and the cross country skiier again. The new carpet should be installed in the basement next week, then I will be able to get furniture back in place.......

Judy, good going girl! I know it gets so frustrating watching the scale drag, and in mine and Paige's instance, go back up, but we all have to keep our vision on the long run. We will all get where we wanna be--just not as quickly as we want to!!

Have a great weekend all!

04-16-2005, 10:26 AM
Good morning everyone!!!!! It is a beautiful Saturday morining here in Texas!!
The kids have their spring festival at school today so I am glad the weather is so nice since we will be outside most of the day.

My spirit is up and I have lost 2 of the 4lb gain!! Looking forward to WI on Thursday. I will need to go to the grocery store sometime today so I can cook for the week tomorrow. I am also going to try and squeeze in a pedicure today if possible. If I am going to be wearing sandels then I need to get my feet taken care of. I could have a pedicure everyweek if I had the time. They are wonderful!!!!!

Hope everyone enjoys the day!!!!

Paige :balloons:

04-16-2005, 10:59 AM
First of all - THANKS!!! All the support from you ladies makes me feel great. I am so relieved about so many things now. :cloud9:

Paige - Way to go on the loss!!! Keep it up! (I'm really jealous of your palm too!) BTW - I've never had a pedicure! Can you believe that? I guess I am so cheap I figure I can just do it myself. I'd really LOVE to have one though. Do they also help with nasty calouses? I have awful scaley heels. DH hates them!! :lol:

Joetta - I am so glad that things are getting back to normal for you. Speaking of pains in the butts :lol: I'm also glad that girl is out of your life and hopefully the new girl will work out perfectly. :crossed:

Lori - Now that is a serious pain in the behind! That's one of the times that I would insist on DH's help and then scream at him the whole time to be gentle! I hope it gets better soon!

Robin - I watch CSI as well, but I too got overwhelmed when they started having all the spin-offs and I tried to watch them too. Now I'm back to watching just CSI, but find I'm not always as interested. Any LOST fans out there? I am totally addicted to this show! I came in mid-season and caught up online. It is by far the best show on tv right now.

Judy - I hope you're enjoying your weekend and that scale continues to go down for you. It sounds like you have been doing great at staying on plan and even enjoying your life changes. Good for you! :)

Kim - It sounds like we both have intentions of joining the smoothie posse. I really think this will make a wonderful treat for me. I've been doing some reading and some recipes call for non-fat yogurt. Any comments anyone?

I had a wonderful indulgent celebration dinner last night, but I brought half of it home. I ordered 1/2 rack ribs w/bbq chick breast and white chedder mashed potatoes. :eating2: We also had an appetizer. Now I have leftovers to enjoy. I honestly could not stuff myself like I once could. I guess that's a good thing. And out of fear I peaked at the scale this morning and I REALLY liked what I saw! I hope it's still looking good at Mondays WI.

TTYL Chickies! :wave:

04-16-2005, 11:02 AM
Good Morining Chickies :coffee:!!
It is beautiful here in PA too Paige, the sun is shinning and the wind finally calmed down! I think the boys and I will bike ride later this evening!
Paige, I know most people love pedicures, but I can't stand anyone touching my toes or feet. If my ingrowns grow out I may start wearing sandels again, but I'll do my own pedicure!!

Joetta, glad to see you survived the Vodka, and your welcome for the laugh! It was pretty funny sober, drunk, I would have been on the floor looking even dumber!! But my butt does feel better today, but I'm going to put more peroxide and ointment on it after I work out this morning.

I peeked at that scale this morning and I'm not looking as if I'll have a weight loss at all this week, although we will wait and see what happens by Monday, it's not looking too promising now. I did measure myself this morining and it's going to make the no weight change all better! I've lost a total of 6 inches of my waist and 3 off my hips. A couple inches here and there all over the rest.

I'm going to run so I can work out, I'll check in later today!!

Kerry, you snuck a post in while I was typing, left over are the bomb! I know I could never eat what I used too! Packing up half the food is the best idea ever thought up. Many people order a to go container with there order and pack it up before they even start eating!

Judy, I'm such a shmuck, way to go on the weight loss!!! I kept meaning to say that and then remember I didn't! It is so easy to lose track on here!!!

04-17-2005, 09:07 AM
Good Morning Chickies :coffee: !!!
Where is everybody??? I hope your all having a good weekend! I don't know but I think it went by way too fast! I have so much to do today, laundry, go to the store, and that promised bike ride with the kids. My yongest son is such a turkey to ride with, he wants a break every 200 ft. I hope this year he does better! I woke up, before the sun came up, and I thought it was Monday morning! I was so stinken mad for about a mintue then realized that I could go back to sleep it was Sunday!! Well I've got to get the laundry started, so I'll check back!

04-17-2005, 12:18 PM
Wow, by the lack of posts this weekend I assume everyone must be enjoying the weekend. It has been beautiful here. We tried to get out for a while yesterday but DD woke up not feeling well and has done nothing but throw up since. She was starving this morning so I am crossing my fingers that she keeps her toast down. DH had already taken tomorrow off because the kids don't have school. So if she isn't feeling well by tomorrow at least that will be covered and I won't have to take the day off.

I got a new video yesterday called Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss so I plan to check it out today. So far I have lost 3 of the 4 lbs that I gained last week. So I am feeling a whole lot better about things and I feel like have gotten myself back into the grove of things.

Plans for the day include a quick trip back to the grocery store, I am going to try a few new recipes and don't have everything I need. Then I plan on cooking for the day and doing laundry. Yipeeeeeee!!! Another fun filled Sunday!!

Enjoy your day ladies!!!!!

Paige :balloons:

04-17-2005, 12:44 PM
Happy Beautiful Day to Everyone!

Reporting from Kentucky---Glorious Sunshine! Am going later to my neice's b'day get together at a fun park--go carts, putt-putt golf, etc. What a day to be outside!!!!

LOST fans? Yep, count me in. I was at a hotel with a sound asleep hubby last year, so I turned on the tube and just watched the first thing that came on--looked like a movie about an airplane crash, so I watched.....little did I know that it would become a habit for me. I enjoy the twists.

Good going on the inches and lbs lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


04-17-2005, 03:02 PM
I'm around. I've been busy with my brother here and then I went to a bridal shower yesterday for friend. I had to drive about an hour away and didn't get home until 10. Then I talked on the phone the rest of the night since DH was out projecting and my BF in Maui was making dinner and had plenty of time to chat.

I'm so peeved with DH :mad: He has a huge project due today and he procrastinated until the last minute. He's been up all night and is still working. It is due at 2pm (right now) and he isn't done. He broke our printer in the process so now I have to buy a new one. :mad: I guess he's turning it in late. I don't understand putting everything off until the last minute. I also have little sympathy.

So now he's going to be grumpy and tired for the rest of today. He'll probably sleep. I intend to take Bella to the park because we both need the fresh air and exercise. I too need to hit the grocery and do some laundry to be ready for next week.

I'm looking forward to WI tomorrow, bc I think I've managed to lose some more. :) I'm looking into joining a gym next week. I'm thinking something simple at first and then if I use it I might go for a YMCA membership later. There's a decent fitness place within walking distance of our house.

Oh and I must mention that we're considering buying a house now!! :) I can hardly believe it is all falling into place! YAY!

04-17-2005, 03:52 PM
Paige-hope your daughter is feeling better.

I haven't been doing very well this weekend. I went to an all-you-can-eat buffet at Ryan's last night with my son, and then after church today a group of us went for all-you-can-eat catfish. I've been sooooo bad. My weigh-in is tonight at work too. It's going to be an eye-opener. I bet I have to change my tracker tomorrow. Sometimes it's so hard to lose weight. It seems like there is always food everywhere. Saturday, the ladies at church are getting together for movies, pizza, and homemade junkfood. HELP! Tomorrow is a new day though. I'll go to spin class in the morning when I get off work, and I'll definitely make better food choices day at a time.

04-17-2005, 07:05 PM
The weather is so gorgeous, I've been outside as much as possible this weekend. I got a pedicure today, so now my feet are presentable enough to go sandal-shopping. I bought one pair today, and will try again next weekend. I've been EPP all weekend, but not drinking enough water.

Paige--you've got my favorite yoga tape! My VCR is broken (I think) so I haven't been able to use it, and have been working with a book instead. I'm not very flexible, and I have arthritis here and there, but I think the tape is very user-friendly, even I was able to get through most of the poses. You've reminded me to ask one of my neighbors to check my VCR for me, maybe it's not dead yet, it's just resting :)

Kerry--good luck with the weigh-in. You are on quite a roll, I'm sure you'll do well. Have you considered buying lottery tickets?

Kim--put the fork down slowly, and step away from the buffet! :eek: I cannot deal with a buffet, I have been trained since childhood to get my money's worth. I have a fair number of lunch meetings, and when someone recommends a place with a buffet, I recommend that we go somewhere else. At any rate, you can only do so much damage in two days, and at any point you can make "you-turn" and get back on track. You can do it! :cheer:

Lori--I'm so glad that you measured yourself! Congratulations on losing inches, who cares how fat your feet are :lol:

I'm working on a mantra to see me through my trip out of town later this week. I must get the hang of sticking with my agenda while on the road:

Do I know what success looks like? Visualize it!
Is weight loss first on my priority list? Prioritize it!
Do I have a game plan? Plan it!
Have I asked for help? Ask for it!
Can I commit to exercise? Move it!

Hey, whatever works.....judy

04-17-2005, 10:52 PM
Judy - I like the mantra! It really sounds like you are moving in the right direction in many ways. Keep it up! :cheer: Aren't sandals WONDERFUL! If only I could wear them to work. :sigh:

Kim - Oh No AYCE!!!! :nono: Good luck getting back on track this week. I've done the same thing and find I am more disciplined the following week. The weekends are HARD for me! I do much better through the week. How about you?

Joetta - I hope you enjoyed your beautiful day today with your family. That sounds just wonderful! :sunny: And Yeah another LOST addict! :D I too love the twists and the varied theories and threads.

Paige - Yoga! I hope it works for you. I think I am yogaly challenged. When they start telling me to stand on one foot, tuck the other, hold my arms out in front and look straight ahead and all I do is fall over - I get discouraged! :lol:

Lori - Way to go on the inches lost! I've found fitting into lower sizes to be the most rewarding part of this whole process. You might be surprised and the scale could budge a little - GOOD LUCK! ;)

Well, we ended up taking the printer apart and repairing it. It seems ok. Then I shook it out of DH what some of the issues were. . . needless to say, we purchased a nice HP Scanner today. It should help him be more productive here. I have trouble relating, but I really want to help him. :^:

Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket, things do seem to be changing for the better. My strategy with the weight loss has been from the beginning to eat between 1300-1400 calories/day. It seems that if I can do this at least 5 days a week and not eat over 1800 the other two, I lose. I've tried to kick up the exercise, but I still have a long way to go for it to have an impact. But I will tell you that when it comes to a career break, I needed it dearly. I was laid off from my previous "career" job ONE week before DH & I were married. We canceled our honeymoon and started planning to leave FL. We came to SC for DH to finish college and for me to patch my career back together. I chose a new profession instead of continuing in marketing; went to grad school and worked my way into the job I was just offered. Finally, we are back where we were 1 week before our wedding. I have a good job that I can support us with while DH finishes school and starts his new profession.

This is all a long time in coming. If the tides have changed then so be it. I'll ride this wave! :goodvibes Well there I go again . . :blah:

TTYL! Monday is upon us again. Ugh!

04-18-2005, 07:29 AM
Good Morning Chickies :coffee:!!!
Well way in went much better than expected, I lost 2 lbs (147 lbs), I am blown away!! We had chinese for dinner last night, I got steamed veggies and rice. (It wasn't very good) Now I'm stuck with it for lunch today too! My DS was up very late with a toothace last ningt, it looks like there is a problem under a filing he already has. I felt so bad for him, I know how bad that hurts. I'm going to work this morning and sending him to school, I'll call the dentist and hopefully they'll see him today!

I rode bikes with the kids yesterday, oh my aching butt!! Why do they make those bike seats 5 times to small???

I want to respond to all of you, you've all been so busy this weekend, but I'm running low on time! So I'm going to jump back on from work!

04-18-2005, 09:28 AM
Well I have a good weigh in to report. I am down 3 pounds! :cb: :dancer: When I peeked at the scale yesterday that's what it said and I thought it was too good to be true, but I guess not.

Lori, I'm glad to see that you had a lost after all!! :bravo: Maybe we'll make our Memorial Day challenge! :)

04-18-2005, 10:51 AM
I'm soooo glad this weekend is over! I ate more calories yesterday than I ever have in 1 day. All of you are doing so good though. I'm so happy for you. It is motivating reading how everyone is losing here.

Judy-thanks for the encouragement!

Kerry-yes, weekends are SUPER hard for me, especially Sundays, because I get up at 7:00AM and work 7P-7A, so I'm awake for 24 hours (unless I get a 2 hour nap). I'm usually so tired midway through my shift that I order food and make repeated trips to the vending machines. It's like I don't know how to stop. You're doing wonderful though. 144-WOW!!! I might try following your calorie plan since it's working so well for you.

Lori-Congrats on the 2 pound weight loss! You're doing great!

04-18-2005, 04:22 PM
I just lost about 20 minutes worth of typing. My computer had a glitch just before I submitted my reply and I lost everything. :mad: I'll now have to wait until later to try again.

In general, I wished everyone well. Congratulated everyone who lost weight and inches. And cheered on anyone who needed it.

I'll check in later.


04-18-2005, 07:07 PM
I made my first smoothie tonight. All I put in it was strawberries, 1/2 container of strawberry yogurt, a little skim milk, two tbsp of apple juice concentrate and a couple handfuls of ice cubes. It's YUMMY!!! Thanks for the advice. I put them all together into a hodge podge of ideas matched with the fruits/juices I like. I also bought some frozen peach slices, oranges and grapes. I wonder how I can mix those? I'm fearful of mixing fruits for some reason. :p

04-18-2005, 07:32 PM
Wow Kerry 3 lbs, see walking Bella does help!! And forgoodness sakes, just toss the fruit in, if it dosen't turn out well, take note not to try that combo again. I find some of my best foods tossing things in! I am absolutly starved!! When I jumped in the car my stomach started really hurting from hunger pains. It was worse than getting behind the slow poke and having to go pee! Everyone was in my way tonight!!!

Robin, (stupid computer) :censored:!! That's ok, as long as it wasn't the car!

Kimberly, I don't know how you do it, I'ld be falling asleep standing up!! I get mean when I don't get my sleep, and then I have an even harder time falling asleep after being up like that! I'ld probably just sit at the vending machine mindlessly putting in money, I get that stupid I can't think going and forget it! I remember working a bunch of 12 hour shifts than 2 hour commute, I thought I was going bonkers!!

Judy and Paige, I'll have to check out that Yoga tape, I have one that I rarely do, and I don't know why, there is nothing wrong with it, it just dosen't motivate me!

Ok I've got to make dinner before I shrivel up and starve, yea right!!!

04-18-2005, 07:47 PM
Congrats Kerry and Lori on the weight loss :goodscale

I'm doing well today, except for eating chips at the Mexican place where I had lunch with a large number of co-workers. I was good otherwise, and had a very good salad with poached salmon. I would write more about my totally exciting day ;) but I want to get a long walk in this evening to make up for the chips. I have a weigh-in tomorrow at the doctor's. It would be nice to come in just a little bit lower, a nice round 20 pounds since Christmas time, but we'll see....


04-18-2005, 08:03 PM
Today is going better. I'm a little sick from eating so much yesterday. I'm ready to eat healthy again. All of those sweets make me feel so bad. I need to remember this feeling the next time I feel like binging. It's worse than a hangover. I woke up and went to the gym for a step mix class. It was pretty fun. We did 45 minutes of step, then some ab exercises. I don't think I'm going to eat for the rest of the day, and eat very little tomorrow to make up for the weekend. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I'll try to eat 1200-1300 calories and work out at least 1 hour each day. Sat. I'll shoot for 1800 since we're having our junk food party (yikes). Then, Sunday, maybe I will have lost a pound. Does anyone have any other ideas?

04-18-2005, 10:18 PM
Hi Chicks, sorry I've been away for a little bit. Lots happening on the forum. Krry, congratulations. You're doing great and buying a house now??? I'm very happy for you. Paige, way to go on losing 3 of the 4. I was doing really good until I gained 2 pounds when being on track. The old voice in the head just keeps picking at me that I might as well enjoy myself as I gain. So Yes, I fell off the wagon for a few days. Back to square on. Joetta enjoy being free of the old girl and teach the new gal your way of doing things. Lori, I sure hope you feel better. I think as we age, we get the dumbest tings in the dumbest places. Sure hope you're doing better.

DH is out of town and DS1 tells me he's moving out. I want DS2 to move out, but DS1 is my baby. I'm not too bummed since I get a craft room. But he's mentioning that I shouldn't get too comfortable with my craft room since he could be back. Ahhh, my front door - the revolving door.

Kodiak, my Siberian Husky got a hold of my asthma inhaler this weekend so it was a stressful few days. He was in the hospital and very sick. But he's home now and doing better. When I'm stressed, I eat. Boy did I eat... I'm going to have to pay big time for that excursion into the kitchen.


04-18-2005, 10:18 PM
Hey All!
I can't wait to get the basement back together to get the exercise machine back in place. When I do the days with the 3 hr round trip for work, it whups my butt! I just want to crawl in bed! I sit all day and get zilch for exercise, but mentally I have had my workout!

Kim, hats off to you on the 24 hr shift--I swear that would kill me!

Judy, that round 20 will be here in no time!!!!

Robin, thanks for the cheer that is floating off somewhere in cyberspace!!

I'm off to bed.........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


04-18-2005, 10:22 PM
Me again...
I drove to Lexington today to start training the new girl in that office (today was supposed to have been her first day). I had no appts there, I was going to spend the entire day training. But she called in to say that she had to take her hubby to the ER. So today was a 3 hr trip for naught!

The 2 new girls in the Elizabethtown office are both very nervous, but they will do a great job! AND PAIN IN THE BUTT IS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bye again.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


04-18-2005, 10:24 PM
okay, so I am back again------

Welcome back Marie--you posted while I was typing.

04-18-2005, 11:05 PM
OH, I'm in soooo much trouble!! My 11 yr. old son gave me his first sign of puberty/teenage/headach yesterday and today he managed to re-play almost the whole scene again. Lord give me strength, I was rotten during those years!!! I barged into his room, shut the door and turned his TV off! He cried for 1/2 hour how nobody likes him, he's ugly, he's fat, we all tell him what to do, and does any of this sound familar???? Oh and he hates school too!! I don't know if he felt better after we talked, but he did sit up and eat but he still didn't want to get a shower!! He is so sweet and charming in the morning, but when bed time rolls around I could KILL!! I really need to work out tonight, my head is going 100 mph! My mother keeps telling me it won't be long I won't be able to get him out of the shower, but I so have my doubts tonight!!
Sorry Needed to Vent!!!!!!!!
Glad everybody is doing better today, it helps to see us all chugging along! Marie I'm glad your dog is ok, when my mothers little yorkie was a puppy she managed to eat a whole candy bar and then had one of my dad's heart pills for desert! It's a wonder it didn't kill her!!!

04-18-2005, 11:32 PM
It sounds like everyone has been busy!! DD is still sick...I thought she might be over it and then this morning it hit her again. At least she hasn't thrown up anymore today. DH is going to stay home with her again tomorrow (I don't think he minds to much missing work).

Lori-My thoughts are with you in this time of puberty!!! I am not looking forward to that when my time comes....those wonderful teenage years...Ugh!!!

Joetta-All that driving for nothing!!! :( Good luck getting your basement put back together.

Marie- I know for a fact that I will never be ready for my "babies" to leave the nest!!!! I just can't even think about that :cry: :cry: I'm glad Kodiak is doing better!!!!

Kim- Your such the "Exercise Diva"!!! Could you do a class "for me"?? I don't know where you get all your energy!!!

Judy- I can't even look at mexican food without gaining weight!!! Great willpower!!

Kerry- You are really on a roll. New job, 3lbs, house really is all falling into place isn't it. I am so happy for you!

Everyone seems to be doing really well!!!! Yipee!

Paige :balloons:

04-19-2005, 11:04 AM
Wow! Ladies you have kids and dogs wreaking havoc lately! I hope they all get to feeling better and don't drive you too insane (Marie). It's good to see everyone checking in even though we're all busy. Joetta - you're cracking me up with the multiple posts! :lol: Whatever works and we get to see you! I think we lost Jen along the way... :(

I'm feeling bloated today as it is the tom and the scale even reflected this by a 1lb gain overnight (literally). I'm ignoring it until after pms and tom are past. Things have been crazy at my house with DH going insane getting final projects done. This is going to last for a couple more weeks and then he's done and not taking summer classes. That'll be nice! :)

Well gotta do some work. I'll check back later.

04-19-2005, 06:13 PM
OK. Iím trying this again without the computer failure. Iím having a fairly good week so far, diet and exercise wise. Iíve had my fruit smoothies yesterday and today. Yesterdayís was a mix of banana, strawberries, and mango. Todayís was banana, mango, and pineapple. Very tropical and yummy.

My DH and I went for two hikes on Sunday, and for our usual evening walk. We got rained on on Sunday morning, but the afternoon hike was very nice. Itís still raining here. I donít mind the rain so much because we really need it, but it seems like it only rains when Iím not working. When Iím stuck in the office, itís sunny outside. As soon as I get off work, here come the clouds. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but it sure seems that way.

Iím glad everyone seems to be doing better. My mother-in-law said she could really tell that Iíve lost weight. That was nice of her. Unfortunately, she can mostly tell because the first place I lose weight is in my face. But my DH said he can tell other places, too. Iím going to take my body measurements sometime over the next few days, so then Iíll see where Iím losing. My next WI is this next Monday. I was retaining water big time last WI. Itís now all coming back off. Iíve been spending a lot of time in the bathroom. Oh well.

I hope you all continue doing well. Kerry, did you buy that lottery ticket yet? You really should. You seemed to be charmed right now. And Marie, I'm sure glad Kodiak is better. Pets are such a joy to have.


04-19-2005, 06:48 PM
Today is going good so far. I did 12 minutes on the elliptical this morning on high resistance, then went to a 45 minute spin class, then did some weights. I've eaten taco soup and a nonfat blueberry yogurt so far. I usually eat breakfast, but skipped today. I love Tuesdays! My Tuesday is like everyone else's Saturday. My son and I have our favorite TV shows that we watch on Tuesday nights too. We watch American Idol, then House, then Law and Order SVU. Do any of you watch AI? I like Keri Underwood. My son likes Constantine.

04-19-2005, 07:30 PM
Hey, y'all--

Quickly before I leave town, I want to wish everybody a great rest of the week, in case I don't find myself in front of a computer again before the weekend. My goal is to stay reasonably within the parameters of my plan while I'm in Seattle, and to work out two out of the three days.

Keep making good choices--judy

04-19-2005, 07:46 PM
Hey Chickies!!!
Why can't it be Friday again???? Peeewwww the kitty litter is super smelly tonight! I'll have to get on that as soon as I work out (if the fumes don't get me first) I made extra food yesterday so no cooking tonight, YEA!

Kim, I used to enjoy having odd days off when I worked and Verizon, it was nice to get the things done that could only be done during business hours. Now I have to beg and plead with family and friends to do some of my stuff done :lol: !

Robin, yea your computer didn't munch up your post!! I know how ya feel, we have been having some beautiful days, but step out the door to head home and your getting soaked!

Kerry, 1lb, don't even sweat it! I weighed in at 147 on Monday and haven't seen it again since! Maybe it will come back to visit me this weekend :D !! I also never under stood how anybody can take summer courses, well I know sometimes ya have to, but what a pain!

Paige, I hope your daughter is feeling better soon! My youngest son had a tooth ace Sunday night, I thought I was going to die when the alarm went off. I'll tell ya what, I'm glad I stoped with 2 kids, I don't miss the diapers and all nighters!!! But puberty is not looking like all that much fun either. I remember I couldn't wait until they could walk and talk, now I just want them to sit down and shut up for 2 mins.

Joetta, I love to drive, but I think that might have slightly irritated me! I'm glad the new girls seem like they are going to work out, once you get everybody trained things should sail along slightly better!! And I'm even happier for you that the brat is gone!!!

Judy, Mexican sounds really good about now! I give you credit though, I hate to eat salads when I go out to dinner, I always think I want something I wouldn't make at home! And I'm not a real salad fan anyway, they always make me feel like I'm on a diet, oh I guess I am! ;) Good luck at the Dr. tomorrow!!!

Marie, I hope all is going smoother today! Moving out, both of my son's keep telling me they are never moving out, which might not be a childish story. My darling brother still lives with my parents he's 39 yrs old now. Mom gave up and put his name on the house. He has an awsome job, tons of money and no responablility. He helps my parents with the taxes and home repairs. He dates, but has no intrest of getting serious. My kids think this is the greatest thing in the world!! How can I tell them he's wrong, heck sometimes I'm jealous that I didn't think of it first :lol:!!!!

Ok, I'm going to work out, I'll check back in later!!!

04-19-2005, 07:46 PM
Have a safe and good trip Judy! I wish you the best on sticking to your plan while traveling.

Robin - I'm glad that your getting positive feedback from your family. It really makes you feel like it's worth it doesn't it? Keep it up! BTW I have the same issue with the weather. When I'm locked in the library it's beautiful and then rainy on the weekends! Ugh! Soon it will be too steamy and hot to stand being outside at all. :sigh: I'm not going to complain too much bc I have a job now! :D

Kim - We watch AI mostly bc it is on before House and we're big House fans. The thing about us and AI is that we only talk about who we want gone. We wish that you could vote for OR AGAINST each contestant. We'd actually call to vote OFF Scott Savol!!! :lol: My top pick is Carrie Underwood too.

Well I've eaten well today - coffee then grapes; peanut butter/honey sanwich and apple; and we're having a light dinner. I'll even have room for a snack. I'm going to go do my floor exercises now and then cook dinner.

Catch you girls later! :)

04-19-2005, 07:52 PM
Lori - you snuck in under me :p I hate it when the kitty litter stinks! I usually pawn that chore off on DH. He'll do anything so as to avoid dealing with the finances! :lol: And that is too much about your brother still at your folks! OMG I hope your boys don't get the same idea!! ;)

04-19-2005, 10:29 PM
Hey Lori, did you notice that Robin said that pets are such a joy to have?--she didn't mention anything about the joys of prepubescent boys! The girl is a smart one!
Mine is now 15 and puberty is full blown. He can still live without the shower, but he also jokes about using more soap than he needs for cleaning!!!! Of course I tease him a lot about masturbation, telling him that his right arm is like twice the size of his left...........gotta have a sense of humor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Girlfriends have been limited to online ones, but the cheerleaders are making way too many remarks to him, I know the time is coming soon.............

Happy trip Judy.....And Kerry, I see I am not the only multiple poster...............

Have a great evening all!

04-19-2005, 11:06 PM
Just a quick post before I finish tackling the laundry pile. I hate folding and putting it away!!!!

Anyway DD is feeling better and will go back to school tomorrow. DH stayed home with her again today, and he had a project to finish for his class tonight. DS has a cavity ( I think) and the dentist can't see him until the end of May. We might have to see if we can find a different dentist, I don't think he is going to beable to wait that long. Always something I guess.

We had a breakfast at work today so I had to use a few bonus points to get me through the day. But I guess that is what they are for. We have another one tomorrow. A fellow WW'er made a to die for fritta (sp?) that was only 2 points. It was soooooooooooo Yummy. She is going to make it again for tomorrow. We are giving our state achievement test for our 3rd and 4th graders so we always have a breakfast for those teachers on testing day.

I am looking forward to WI on Thursday. I am hoping that I will have lost the 4lb gain from last week since TOM has decided to make an apperance.

Check in again tomorrow!!! You all are doing great! Keep it up.

04-19-2005, 11:49 PM
Hi all,

First, thanks for all the good wishes to Kodiak. I told him about them and I do believe he was touched. :) I sure was. He's doing better, but not quite himself. He's skinny as a rail and isn't eating much. I think he's worn out from having a sustained (about 24 hours) heart rate of 217. A bring him back to the vet on Thursday to get a better idea of long term damage. Either way, both of us thank you all.

Paige, my fingers are crossed that the 4th pound is gone. Having work meals is always hard and tend to break my motivation.

Kim, I like Carrie Underwood too. Constantine gives me the creeps and if Scott doesn't get voted off soon, I think I'm going to stop watching the AI. He hurts my ears and I'm pretty sure he's the one that broke my TVs speakers.

Lori, puberty with boys. I was lucky, my two didn't go too overboard. Although I had to laugh at Joetta and her comment about masturbation. I was able to talk to my kids about sex (still do since DS18 is dating a girl 16 and Oregon cracks down on stat. rape). But masturbation, that I couldn't do. Joetta is much braver than me. I love that you brother still lives at home. That's actually got to be sort of a relief for you since he's taking care of them. I think that would be pretty cool. I live in the middle of nowhere and both boys want to live in town where there's cable internet and less driving (gas prices). I personally think they're nuts since it's paradise here.

Kerry, don't sweat a 1 pound gain. TOM is a like a dumbbell on the scale.

Robin, couldn't agree with you more about the weather. It knows to rain in the evening. It just did and I got home less than an hour ago. Before that it was sunny, even if it was still cold. I think it's one of Murphy's laws.

I've done pretty good today diet wise. DH is in Alaska, so I'm home by myself. Dinner can be nothing if I overate at work, which I did a little bit so dinner was little. That sure makes dieting easier.

Take care and I'll chat with you tomorrow.

04-20-2005, 03:34 PM
I am so excited, I wanted to share the good news. I just found out that my employer has quite a few discount programs and one in particular is with the gym near my house (walking distance). The joining fee is waived and the monthly membership is reduced to $19.99!!! :dancer: So I am going tonight to sign up and pay my first month so I can start working out ASAP! :strong: I feel really good about this. It is the next step in my plan. Now that I've seen what I am capable of without regular exercise I can't even imagine with it! :)

04-20-2005, 03:50 PM
Today is going pretty good so far. I feel like I'm starving though. I might have to go get me something to eat. I plan on going to the gym after church tonight. Have any of you tried the no pudge fudge brownies? They're fat free and sound yummy. I think they are 2 points each.

Kerry-That's great about the gym discount. Working out helps keep me motivated. I usually overeat on the days I don't work out, especially Sundays. I wish I had time to squeeze a workout in there and I would probably make better food choices. I would love to lose 2 pounds/week between now and the end of June. That's what I'm shooting for.

04-20-2005, 07:12 PM
Good evening Chickies!!
Is it Friday yet??

Kerry that's great, for that price heck I'ld join (I'm so cheap sometimes)!

Paige, I love breakfast!! Thank goodness your WW pal saved the day, they talked this morning about doing a breakfast meeting in the future, I didn't say anything but I cringed at the thought. It's hard to find low fat breakfast items at a resturant. Glad DD is feeling better, and don't wait to get the tooth fixed! Up all night with a toothache is AWFUL, for you and him!!!

Marie, wow that med really made him sick! I had no idea it would do that to him! When I was in early labor they gave me breathien (sp??) asthma medicne, well it made it really had to breath, I guess because I didn't need it for asthma, it actually stops labor (go figure)! Anyway, I hope he bounces back!

Joetta, too funny!! I hope he settles down some before we have to deal with the sex issues! The I hate myself and everything just scares the **** out of me! When I was in school we had a string of kids kill themselves because of stupid stuff, now they are gunning each other down, and that kid that beat a member of the opposing team over the head with a bat. I worry about anger issues with the hormones. Actually I'ld rather deal with the whole sex thing, I'ld rather be on condom watch than sucide watch anyday!!!

Kim, I want to know about the brownies if you try them!!!

Ok, back to laundry duty!! I'll check back!

04-20-2005, 09:52 PM
Another breakfast... I ate about what I did yesterday except I didn't eat the cereal this morning. Yesterday when I ate breakfast at home I wasn't really thinking about work...I was smarter today. Just got home from taking DD to her dance class. They are having their recital in June so they are really working hard. Nothing cuter then seven 4 year olds who don't have a clue what they are doing. WI is tomorrow and I don't know if I lost all of the 4 lb gain from last week, but it should be somewhere around 2-3lbs. Time for dinner... Have a great evening ladies..

Kerry-Great news about the gym....did you get that lottery ticket yet????

04-20-2005, 10:39 PM
I am seriously going to go buy a lottery ticket tomorrow. I told DH that you girls have been telling me too and he agreed with you! :p So should I buy the numbers or scratch off???

04-20-2005, 11:08 PM
Hi Chickies, I hope everyone had a good Wednesday. Sorry, it's not Friday yet...

Paige, it sounds like you did great on the breakfast at work. Planning ahead really worked out for you. Good job.

Kerry, congrats on the inexpensive gym membership. That'll make your workouts fun. You really should go for the who thing and buy a super lotto lottery. It can't hurt, right?

I've had a stressful day at work. A virus got onto our network and has been making my work life long. It's getting under control but it's been long. Then I saw the July cut list since education has to make cuts every year and one position from my department is going to be cut. By the dollar amount, it could be my position but I'm not going to worry about it. I can't change the legislature over their idiotic spending. I'll do my job, and if it ends in July, then that's that. Then I'll figure out what I have to do for unemployment.

Kodiak is doing much better today. He actually ate a small dinner so I think we've made major progress. Tomorrow is the vet visit.


04-20-2005, 11:10 PM
**** Kerry, your on a roll, buy both!!! Then we all want to go to Hawaii and lay on the beach with our slimmer butts!!! :D

04-21-2005, 02:07 AM
Kerry, with the luck you've been having lately, I think you should let the machine pick the numbers for you. Is that the scratch ticket? Luck seems to be just dropping in your lap, so I'd just leave the number picking to chance too. Have you found any money laying on the ground? Also, make sure you send in your Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. You may already be a winner!

Marie, I'm soooo glad Kodiak is doing better. Please let us know how he's doing as soon as you get back from the vet. I'm such an animal lover. I hate it when animals suffer. My cats got their annual shots a few weeks ago, and for some reason they make one of my cats sort of ill. She did nothing but lay around for two days, and was very needy of attention. Well, she sure got the attention. I hated seeing her like that. It just breaks my heart.

Lori, I'm with you. If Kerry wins the lotto, I think she should take us all to Hawaii, too. I've really been wanting to go for a while now. And it's the least she can do. Of course, I wouldn't mind some lipsuction and a tummy tuck either, but I'm not going to be stingy.

Paige, I love breakfast, too. I eat cereal for dinner quite a bit. My husband has been out of town the last few days, and that's all I've eaten for dinner. Even when he's here, I quite often eat Cream Of Wheat hot cereal. It's very low in fat and calories. And it fills me up. I also love eggs, and toast, and pancakes, and French toast, etc...... One of my neices just turned five, and last summer, when she was four, she had a dance recital, too. It was so cute to see the little girls going in all different directions, but trying to be synchronized. And all the parents and families were trying not to laugh.

Kim, you need to post the recipe for the no pudge fudge brownies. They sound like they're right up my alley.

Joetta, I'm not sure what to say about your son. I don't have any kids of my own, but I had three brothers growing up. Two were step brothers, one of which was only two months older than me. We went through puberty about the same time, and all I can say is that we had some hellacious fights. He would take his long showers, and use up all the hot water. I would go in and flush the toilet in the other bathroom and listen to him scream. It's funny in hind sight, but man did we both get into a lot of trouble. Otherwise, we were the best of friends.

It's been rather stressful at work for me, too. There's only six people in my office, including the supervisor. Well two of the guys are mad at the other guy. My boss thinks that one of the two guys is after her job. She started packing her desk up today thinking she's going to get fired. The woman that sits next to me was crying this afternoon because of all the tension in the office. And I'm caught in between because most of the problems began before I ever started working there, so I have no issues with anyone. And of course, because I'm really the only neutral one, all the others feel the need to share their side with me. I don't really care because I've told all of them I'm not taking sides. I don't know all the details because I wasn't there. But it's not making it very fun to go into work.

And my husband's aunt, the developmentally challenged one, has received yet another sexual harassment complaint filed against her by the same person. Anyone who knows his aunt knows this just isn't possible. She has the mental faculties of a very naive 10 year old. And after the last complaint, she doesn't even look at anyone at work, much less touch them. I can't believe some people can be so cruel to another just because they're different. Anyway, I've got a call in to an attorney and just about every state agency that I can think of. Her accuser is going to regret making false claims on someone who isn't capable of truly defending herself.

Well, it's late here. I'm going to go read my book and fall asleep. Since DH is out of town, I get the whole bed to myself. Well, I and one of my cats. And she's a major bed hog. Good night ladies.

04-21-2005, 02:16 AM
Well, I made it to the gym tonight for 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes of power walking with a girlfriend. It makes time go by so much faster when you're not alone. When I got home I made the most wonderful salad (I usually don't eat salads) with spinach, dark green leafy lettuce, bell peppers, cucumbers, fat free cheese, cajun turkey breast, almonds, and light done right italian dressing. It was delicious!

Joetta-I have a 13 year old son, and he would pass out if I mentioned masturbation to him, lol. :lol:

Paige-Good luck with weigh in tomorrow. :goodscale

Marie-I'm glad Kodiak is feeling better. :)

Lori-The fudge no pudge brownies are AWESOME!!!!! I made a single serving with 2 tbsp of brownie mix, 1 tbsp. fat free vanilla yogurt, heated in microwave for 1 minute and had a delicious thick fudgey brownie....only 120 calories and fat free!!!! :T I highly recommend, (can you tell?)

Kerry-Good luck with the lottery ticket! :crossed: :goodluck: Go all the way with the powerball. When you win your millions, don't forget about us working stiffs, lol.

Robin-Hi! That's aweful about your husband's aunt. Some people are so mean! :mad: I also hated to hear about your office drama. It's amazing the difference coworkers can make in how much you like your job. The brownies are simply a mix called "No Pudge" brownies. I bought mine at Kroger (Wal Mart didn't have them).

04-21-2005, 10:46 AM
Alright ladies, I'll let the machine pick the numbers and might even spring for a scratch off as well. I'll let you know how it turns out :p And if I hit it big - Hawaii sounds perfect! ;)

Kim - Your salad and brownie sound wonderful! It sounds like you are doing great. Keep it up!

Robin - That stinks about the office drama. There were some existing issues when I arrived here and I have chosen to stay neutral and get along with everyone. When things get really bad it makes it hard to go to work. I hope it improves soon. I can't believe all the nonsense about sexual harrassment claims on your husband's aunt. Have you tried talking to the HR dept at the hospital where she works? I think she has grounds for a suit based on discrimination. Good luck and let us know how it's going.

Marie - I'm so glad that Kodiak is doing better. I'd never thought about an asthma inhaler affecting a do so bad. I'll be sure to keep mine up at ALL times! And that stinks that you're worried about your job being there next year. I'll cross everything that it all works out.

DH is making me insane! He had to do his entire lighting project last night because he had the due date WRONG! At least it's done I guess. :dizzy: He has his specialization review next Tuesday so this will be another weekend shot to he!! I'm going to have to dig in and help at this point. I just want him to pass so bad and make it to the upper class status. I'll do anything at this point. ;)

04-21-2005, 11:03 AM
Hi there. I am Lisa. I stumbled upon this site upon looking for weight loss ideas. I would love to join this forem and I hope that it will help me work towards my weight loss goals. In the past three years I"ve had two babies, taken night classes towards my masters, built a house and worked a full time job as well as coached. Well those are the excuses that I have used for three years to justify packing on 40-50 extra pounds. The I'm so tired and busy etc.. I know that I really need some others around to talk to to curb the - I'm going to break down and binge. Which is so frustrating to do if you work all week at watching what you eat and then blow it. And then get depressed which causes you to eat more. Such a visous cycle. Well i'm going on and on but boy it feels good to get some of those frustrations out so that I can have a fresh start and try again today. Thanks


04-21-2005, 02:04 PM
Welcome Lisa!! :wave: Welcome aboard to our little group. We discuss the challenges of working too much, stressing often and trying not to binge on our comfort foods in times of meltdown. Some of us have children and some don't. Some work week days some weekends. . . We try to help and encourage and support through it all. Collectively we've lost quite a bit of weight. I hope you stick around! :)

04-21-2005, 02:32 PM
Hi Lisa. Welcome to the group. We are all very supportive, and this forum and its members have really helped me. I'm sure it/they will help you, too. It's just nice to have someone to listen to you without judging because we've all been there, too. Believe me, we've all fallen off the wagon, too. But we also encourage each other to get back on and keep going.

My DH and I do not have kids, except for our animals. We are going to be building a house sometime this summer, as soon as we can find a good contractor. We plan on doing most of the general contractor work ourselves. And we both work full-time, too.

You can read back through the forum to get some background on all of us. I hope you stick with our group. New people are always welcome.


04-21-2005, 07:17 PM
WELCOME LISA!!!!! We love newbies! :D

Well ladies, I'm back at 151. 1 more pound and I can add another angel.

Robin-you know I've been here a couple of times, and I'm not going to blow it this time. I'm motivated and I've GOT TO keep from binging!

I've printed off the weight progress chart under the diet section of this website and I've posted it on my refrigerator. I'll be looking at that everytime I go to the kitchen. I plan on going to a step aerobics class at 6:45 tonight, then doing some weights, then I'm working an extra 11p-7a tonight. Have a good one!

04-21-2005, 07:59 PM
Well I finally got movin' :D I did 10 min on the elyptical, 10 on the bike, 10 lifting with legs (mostly butt & thighs) then 10 min on my abs. Then I came home and felt bad about not walking with Bella so we went out for a quick 10 min walk. Altogether that's a 50 minute workout. It felt good! :workout: I'm so glad I joined a gym. They even have classes I can go to. Although I am nervous about doing them since I am so uncoordinated. We'll see. . . I didn't stop to buy the lottery ticket bc I didn't have any cash :lol: This is very typical of me. I rarely carry cash as it keeps me from spending it.

Hope everyone had a great day. Tomorrow is FRIDAY!!! FINALLY!!! :) ;)

04-21-2005, 08:01 PM
Good evening Chickies!!!
Wow, we were chatty today, it took me over 10 mins. to catch up!! Welcome Lisa, you'll find we are a fun bunch of nuts who are just as crazy busy!!!

It's Thursday and I have to make this quick CSI is on tonight!!

Kerry, I would fall over if you really did hit! I have to confess I haven't ever been on a plane in my life, do you think we could rent a boat??? A few good stiff drinks and I'm usually game for about anything, but it's really far from PA!

Kim, I'll have to look for the brownies!!! And an extra shift on top of the gym, girl when do you sleep??

Robin, man that is such a shame about work. I usually find that it's one person causing all the problems. And to boot they all want to suck you in, well I'm glad you've held your ground!! As for your DH's aunt, make sure you contact labor relations (I'll double check the correct office) and sue the pants of the hospital, the person, and anyone else I didn't mention. I've never been a fan of the sue happy crowd, but THIS deserves it!!!! You may want to call your local welfare office, they have connections every where! When I was a case worker I called them alot for extra help and ideas!

Marie, get us an update on Kodiac!! We're all concerned!!!

Goodness, I'm sure I've forgotten to mention some things, but I really need to run! I'll try to check back in the am!!!

04-21-2005, 09:55 PM
Hey ladies!!! Just a quick post. Today has been really hectic between WI and taking the kids to swim lessons. Just wanted to let everyone know how WI went. Last week I was really depressed and not very motivated because for some reason the scale was showing a 4-5lb gain. I missed WI last week because of an event at work. So I was alittle worried about today. I was sure I would still have a gain to post. Howevery I lost .2lbs!!!! I don't care that it was only a smidge, I will take whatever as long as it is not a gain!!!!!

Have a great night everyone!!!

04-21-2005, 10:21 PM
"In the past three years I"ve had two babies, taken night classes towards my masters, built a house and worked a full time job as well as coached."

Good grief Lisa!!! What do you do in your "spare" time?????????????????????

Welcome to the nutcase forum!!!!!

Robin I feel for you on the office thing--work can be a joy to go to or a dreaded excursion, depending on who you have to work with!!! And best of luck with your husband's aunt! Makes you just wanna punch the guy's lights out, huh?

Marie, I am so happy to hear that Kodiak is doing better, I really hope there is no long term consequences. I am such a wuss when it comes to animals--I spoiled my dogs rotten! A couple died and it really tore me up. The last 2 I left with my ex-husband (he spoiled them too), and now I just can't make myself break down to get another, but I am a sucker for animals, especially big dogs!

Kerry, dealing with procrastinators makes me crazy, too! The munchkin is the world's best at it! He is a wonderful, really wonderful kid, but man he really knows how to push my buttons waiting to the last minute!

News from this homefront --good and bad: I have a brand new little great nephew (Daddy is in Iraq). Kaelin is a cutie! I have a 2 yr old neice that has samonella poisining, and may have to spend the next week in the hospital....poor little thing!

Have a great Friday everyone!

04-21-2005, 10:27 PM
Opps!!!! I am so sorry Lisa I forgot to welcome you to our group! I hope you find as much support here as we do. We have all had our ups and downs but we get past it and trudge on! Welcome!!!!

04-21-2005, 11:08 PM
Well, I made it back from the gym. Step class was unusually hard tonight. I don't think I've ever sweat that much. It was a great workout though. I've done pretty well with my eating so far. I had oatmeal and strawberries for breakfast and almonds and yogurt for snack. I'm planning on a boca burger on wheat, a salad and an orange for lunch. :cbg: Dinner will probably be a lean cuisine and yogurt since I'll be at work. :T

Kerry-Way to go on the workout!!! You will notice a big difference in how much better you feel. :strong: 10 minutes is great for your first time on the elliptical. I could only do 5 minutes my first time.

Lori-Actually, I slept for 14 hours last night. I guess I was really tired. :dunno: I slept from 2:00am until 4:00 pm.

Paige-Congrats on the weight loss!!!! :bravo: :cb:

Joetta-Congrats on the new great nephew! :cheers: :cheer: Hope the niece feels better real soon.

04-22-2005, 12:02 AM
Hiya Chickies, It's almost Friday and I took Monday off so weekend is looking great. I tried something new and opened Word as I was reading since there were so many posts and I didn't want to forget anyone. So I'm pasting my comments as I read. Boy did it get long. Also, food, exercise and water were all on the mark today. Yeah!

Robin, boy we have a lot in common these days. My DH is out of town too and I tend to eat breakfast for dinner. Tonight was the first night since he flew away that I had a dinner. The last couple nights were eggs. And isnít having the whole bed great???? Kodiak came threw with flying colors. Today was the first day he seemed normal and the blood work came back ďawesomeĒ according to the vet. So there might not be any long term damage. I am so thankful. Good luck on the job situation. Arguments in the work place are so uncomfortable. Also, DH and I built our house and were our own contractor. I wouldnít trade that for anything. We had control and werenít at the mercy of a general contractor. I think youíll like your choice to do it yourself. If subcontractors donít do good work, fire Ďem. I did that and they promised to fix the job and then offered a $2000 reduction on the septic system. So itís possible and profitable to do it yourself.

Kim, thanks for the brownie ideas. Also, great work on the exercise. It is a lot easier to exercise with someone else. Although Iíve noticed that my exercise partner, DH, and I tend to feed off each otherís non-motivation and skip it more than if I was doing it myself. Maybe DH isnít such a great choice for an exercise partner.

Kerry, Iím a packiní my bags. Hawaii sounds like a great destination. Sorry to hear that your weekend is shot but thereís a reason and itís a good one. Please do keep your meds from the animals. The total vet bill was almost $300. Put it this way, I was lucky to have the money to just pay it. Usually that wouldnít be in the budget.

Hey Lisa, welcome to a great forum thread. I think you can safely guess that all of us are busy too so you came to the right place. So far (other than not knowing if the position will be cut) I think I have one of the easiest jobs in that I have a 200 day contract, meaning I get 60 days off a year. Itís pretty cool. Hopefully it will last.

Lori, if weíre going to Hawaii and youíre traveling by boat from Pennsylvania, just where are you going to board? I did lousy in geography, but Iím pretty sure there isnít any waterway to Hawaii from PA.

A small loss is way better than a small gain so WAY TO GO, Paige!!!!

Joetta, Iím a sucker for big dogs too. Kodiak is a tall boy, but skinny as a rail (Same as my two human boys) and my 2 female dogs are both overweight like me. My thoughts are with your new nephew, your little niece and the Dad in Iraq.

Talk to you all tomorrow. Have a great night and Friday!!!!!

04-22-2005, 04:48 PM
It's been a crazy busy day at work - lugging journals, trekking across campus and sweating too much. I think I got my workout for today.

I'm going to get my hair cut again tonight. This time I'm doing something more drastic than a trim. I'm very nervous! Then I'm going to a cookout with a friend, but I really haven't had much too eat all day (500 cal) and I've worked myself to death so I plan to indulge a litte.

Thank God it's Friday. I am glad this week is over. I need to sleep in tomorrow. I hope you are all having a good day and have fun weekends planned.

I'll check back in over the weekend!

04-22-2005, 05:57 PM
Hi, I'm taking a minute to say hey there, ladies! I'm back in town, exhausted, more from stress than traveling, but looking forward to getting back into balance over the weekend. Seattle was lovely, sunny and warm, and I managed to see some old friends in the course of work. I wasn't entirely eating per plan, but following the 80-20 rule and walking a lot, so I think I did okay.

I'll read your posts and do personals over the weekend. Until then, take care!


04-22-2005, 07:34 PM
It's FINALLY FRIDAY!!! Somebody stop the clock so I can enjoy it!! I'm beat, and really need to cook something we can all eat! It's raining and chilly here in PA, I was so pleased with my new A/C I forgot to turn the heat back on last night, it was a bit frigid in the house this morning. We were all running late and to make matters worse Lead Foot Lori got a speeding ticket on my way to work! Oh Marie to answer your question, I would have drive across the US to get my boat to Hawaii, so I would need a month's head start!! And I'm so glad to hear Dakota is doing well!!

Joetta, I hope your niece is ok, samonella poisining is nothing to mess with for us adults, I couldn't even imagine a child having it.

Paige, Yea 2lbs way to go!!!!! Don't feel bad, for some reason I put on all kinds of extra pounds this week. I'm hopping it's just because I upped my weights that I'm lifting, coz I've done very well with my eating!

Kerry, sounds like you've got the new look bug!!! I usually do something drastic with my hair when I start slimming down, but I can't go much shorter with out getting a crew cut now!! But I have been considering letting it grow some. The only bad thing is I have a waive to my hair and it takes on a mind of it's own when it's long! Have fun at the cook out!! I'm saving my burger day for Memorial day and the goal weight (which I'm starting to worry)

Judy, glad your trip went well and your back!! What's the 80-20 rule??? And good for you for keeping your feet moving, espically away from home!

Kim, 14 hours??? OMG the kids would have sold tickets if I'ld have slept that long. Well what is it they were saying about not losing weight if you don't get enough sleep??? That should count for an awsome weigh in :lol: !!

Ok, I need to go cook, my oldest DS went to camp for the weekend, should be nice and peaceful around here for a couple of days, yea right!!!

04-23-2005, 12:35 AM
Hi everyone, hope everybody is having a great Friday. I know I have. The 3 dogs and I went for a long hike and so I got some good exercise. I've been on plan and drinking my water. Unfortunately it is now TOM time to visit so WI didn't show my efforts this morning, but heck, it's Friday, so I didn't care. I have a trhee day weekend to enjoy and I plan on doing that on my plan. No deviations like the last couple of weekends.

Judy, glad you're back. Seattle was warm and sunny???? That's not fair. I'm only about 350 miles SOUTH of there and except today, it's been cold and rainy. I'm glad it was nice for you though.

Lori, a speeding ticket?!?!? I don't think that driving across the US will be very thrifty if you're a lead foot. By the way, if you lighten that lead load, it'll be less on the scales. Hahahaha. Can you tell I'm in a great mood?

Kerry, enjoy your barbecue. That sounds like fun.

Talk to you all over the weekend.

04-23-2005, 09:28 AM
Good Morning Chickies :coffee:!!

Hope everybody is having a great weekend, it is rainy and yucky here in PA! I don't know gang, I'm starting to get worried, it looks like I have put on 2lbs this week. Problem is I'm not sure why!! I'm seriously hoping it's just because I upped my weights and that it's just muscle, but how can ya not worry!!! I have been very careful about what I have eaten, maybe I'm going to have to shake things up! I'll have to think about that today!!
I'll keep checking back, not much to do with this misserable weather!

04-23-2005, 10:59 AM
Well the cookout got rained out :( It poured all evening from about 5pm on. My hair looks great though. She cut most of it in layers up to my shoulders and chin, but gave me one longer layer underneath to lessen the shock. I really like it and can't wait to see what it looks like after I do it myself. I'm hoping I can just wash and go sometimes ;)

I have a new recent obsession that worries me - Starbucks Frappuccino! I get the light one and the tall is only 230 cal, but last night I had the grande and it's 300! It is soooo good with that caffeine kick! They use splenda and fat free milk though. I'm going to have to be careful about those bc they are too close to work and everyone at work is into them as well. On another note, I discovered a Smoothie King just up the road as well that I can walk to so I intend to indulge in that for lunch this summer Yum! I'm really diggin the smoothie thing ladies. Thanks! :D

Did I mention that DH & I are really planning a trip to Hawaii for Christmas? My very best friend lives on Maui (moved there after college). I've been watching ticket prices and making plans in hopes that we would be able too. I think we might! I've been twice in the past six years for a total of a month on the island. I love visiting her and vacationing at the same time. Lori - this would not be a good first plane ride, but I don't think I could handle a boat. I get seriously sea sick and that's a long ride! Maybe if I hit the lottery we can all meet somewhere on the mainland :lol:

Marie - glad to hear you're on plan with the water, I have a lot of trouble with it. And don't worry about the WI during TOM I just went through that and now it looks like post TOM I am actually lower than I was prior. I hope the same for you.

Lori - I believe you are gaining muscle. After working out this week I don't see how one can lift weight and not gain. I can feel muscles I never knew existed! Don't worry about it and keep up the hard work! It's paying off bc I am sure you are feeling great. ;)

Judy - Welcome back! I'm so glad that you had nice weather for your trip and you got some personal time in while away. I hope you're settling back in and we see more of you! :)

Joetta - How is your niece doing? I hope she's feeling better. We have a new baby in our family and one of my BF has a new nephew that I got to hold and love on last night. Ah babies...

Robin, Paige and Kim - I hope your doing well out there! Working your butt off and trying to lose weight can be all consuming huh? Take care and checkin when you can! :grouphug:

04-23-2005, 11:31 AM
Marie, I read one of your posts about software and this Life form thing is really cool. I downloaded the sample and I just may have to buy this bad boy!
Thank you

04-24-2005, 12:03 AM
Just a quick post tonight!! I hope everyone has been able to enjoy the day! It was a beautiful day here! I spent most of the day cleaning and grocery, fun, fun. I actually got to do my yoga dvd tonight without any interruptions!! That was a first...I waited until the kids went to bed. I feel really good having actually gotten through accomplishment!! I'll check back in tomorrow.

04-24-2005, 12:13 AM
Lori, I really like Lifeform. I paid the $39 at least four or five years ago. What's scary is how much I go up and down. It's given me proof I'm a yo-yo dieter. I want that to stop. I want to lose weight and keep it off this time. I use it to track TOM (since I'm perimenopause and it's changing so much), weight, and I use it for journalling and tracking whether I earned my 4 points (diet, exercise, water for a reward goal). I used to journal on it, then I started journalling on 3FC, but I went back to tracking my days/feelings on Lifeform. To say the least, I found it worth every penny. I know how many calories family recipes have and you can add new foods. It's a helpful tool.

I'm watching Nascar at the moment and Jeff Gordon was just leading but isn't anymore. I figure several of FullTime Working Stiffs are watching based on the beginning thread. I love wireless laptops!!!!

I've been good with water and diet today, but I didn't exercise. Unless we count walking around our new SuperWalmart - they keep changing it around and I walked the store several times. I spent too much money on clothes, but I love to shop. And the capris this year are really pretty.

Well, I'll talk to you all later.

04-24-2005, 12:58 AM
Well, I made it through my "girls night" get-together. I did pretty well actually. I ended up having 1630 calories today, which is not bad considering all of the pizza and sweets. "The Notebook" was a real tear-jerker. I usually don't cry during movies, but I did towards the end of this one. I highly recommend it though if any of you haven't seen it yet. Tomorrow is Sunday which is my hardest "diet day". I have a hard time not binging on Sundays for some reason. It's probably due to the fact that it's my last 12 hour shift and I'm really tired. I can do it though. Hope you girls enjoy the rest of your weekend.

04-24-2005, 10:35 AM
Good Morning Gals!
A quick check in from chilly Ky! We had snow flurries this morning! The derby festival kicked off last night, and everyone was bundled up like eskimos!

Little Olivia is doing better with the samonella. Background on how she got it---She is 2, her sister is 4. Mom found a wet playset teapot beside the turtle tank, asked 4 yr old Lauren where the water came from, she told her it came from the turtle water. Then asked if she drank it, she replied, "No, Livvey did."

Went to a wedding yesterday--the girl that was such a butt-head at work. LONG day, was happy when that was over! I did very well with the eating, since the food was just finger foods, and the chicken salad and ham/biscuit sandwiches were really terrible. There was a chocolate fountain, but I don't like chocolate- so that was not a temptation!

Have a lot to do today to catch up--laundry, cleaning, getting office supplies ready for my day in Lexington tomorrow, oh, and the basket of ironing!!!!

Gotta run!

04-24-2005, 12:59 PM
Well it's barely morning and I just rolled out of bed. I stayed up late watching a movie and hanging out with DH. Then he stayed up even later over at the college working on his portfolio. I swear that boy has his days and nights mixed up at this point. :dizzy:

I was REALLY bad yesterday and I PAID for it. I had a lunch date with some of my girlfriends. We went to a new restaurant here in Charlotte called "Red Robin" it's a NW chain that has ventured into our neck of the wood. I had a huge hamburger with cheese and onion straws. I didn't eat too many fries, but I did drink TWO strawberry lemonades which were very sweet. I figure I consumed about 1000 calories in one sitting! :eek: I had heart burn for the rest of the day. I was going to go to the gym, but I thought I would get sick. :barf: So I went shopping instead. :D I bought a cute summer sweater set (sleeveless shell with cover) and another sweater to cover a shell I already own. I tried to find shoes with no luck. Needless to say, The only thing I had for the rest of the day was a small glass of sprite to settle my tummy and then a few bites of ice cream before bed. :devil: Today I go to the gym.

Joetta - the story with your niece sounds familiar. Sisters!! I never had one, but I have 4 nieces to witness the damage! Glad she is feeling better. And you survived the evil ones wedding. Bad food always help curb the eating. What's the point and why waste the calories right? It got way chilly here yesterday and today too. Brrrr... I hope you get everything done today!

Kim - I've seen "The Notebook" and I cried. How could you not? It was SAD. Then we watched "Ladder 49" last night and it was sad too. :cry: I have the movie "Birth" to watch this evening. I hope you can stick to plan tonight. That's quite a shift! Good luck! :)

Marie - I'm jealous of your wireless laptop. That will be one of my first indulgences after I've been working the new job awhile. I'm hoping to do it by the time DH starts in the fall so I can absolve myself from the office and give it solely to him for a studio. And where in the heck do you journal on 3FC? I need to investigate.

Paige - My day today will be like your yesterday, cleaning and groceries - yuck! So how'd you do at the Yoga? Do you fall over like me?

Well I'm off for now probably just to read a bit since life doesn't actually get moving here in SC until 1-2 pm when church lets out. Yep you heard that right, most business don't open until after church. I live right smack in the bible belt :lol: Today I will workout, read, grocery shop, watch movie, laundry and prepare for next week. Enjoy your Sunday ladies! :)

04-24-2005, 08:56 PM
Hi everyone, I hope everybody is doing great. I'm on plan so far today with food and water. Haven't exercised, but I plan on doing that shortly. I made Banana Baked Oatmeal bars. It's a recipe I got off 3FC. Next I'm going to try a Lo Cal Banana Bread that I got off the journals this morning. But for now, I have enough stuff with the bars.

Kerry, the journaling part is right buy forums on the menu. There's a great group of women there. You talk about your day and such, and there's a place for comments. If I really need motivation to stay on plan, I go there still and read others journals. It's very motivating.

Joetta, I'm so glad your niece is doing okay. What a horrible scare. When I read your post, I was very surprised that you went to the bad one's wedding. What possessed you to do that?

Kim, I find Sundays hard because it's so relaxed and quiet. I guess I get bored and I start to eat. It's usually a fight with myself to stay on plan. When I stay on plan Monday through Saturday, I'm pleased. On Sundays, if I'm good, I'm just plain relieved.

Here's hoping everyone has a good week.

04-24-2005, 11:09 PM
Holy Cow! I miss 48 hrs worth of posting, and it's like I haven't been on in a week. We are a chatty bunch, aren't we. It was a gorgeous weekend here, even after the weatherman said it was going to rain most of the weekend. But they're never right anyway, I don't know why I listen to them. I worked both yesterday and today weeding and planting flowers in our flowerbeds. We have something like 100 feet of flowerbeds that are about 2-3 feet deep. The run the length of the house, and then turn and go the width of the house. We're renting this place, and the last tenants evidently didn't do anything with the beds. It took me all day yesterday, and about four hours today to just pull weeds from them. And then it took me another few hours to put in the new plants. I am so sore. My entire back, legs, and arms are sore all over. Plus, both days, I took a break and went for a hike since the weather was nice. I haven't eaten much either day. So, I'm hoping my WI tomorrow morning will be a good one. I really exhausted right now, physically. Emotionally, spending all weekend doing the flowerbeds was just what the doctor ordered. After all the stress of last week, my mind needed a good break.

Marie - I'm so jealous. I have a wireless laptop, too. But where I'm currently living, there are no other Internet connections other than dial-up and satellite. I'm hoping that where we build our house, there will be DSL available. What all kinds of dogs do you have?

Kerry - You've really been Miss Chatty the last two days. That's okay, though. I love reading the posts. I'm so jealous of you, too. Hawaii for Christmas? I've been wanting to go there for quite a while. My DH and I were actually planning on going this year, but since we're building the house this year, we just can't swing both. And I really want a new house. I hope you enjoyed the strawberry lemonades. They sounded greatd!

Joetta - I'm glad your niece is doing better. Did she have to be hospitalized at all? I know it's not funny that she got sick, but it is sort of funny how the two little girls told what had happened. Fortunately, kids are pretty resilient. I guess they have to be just to survive to be an adult. Especially if they have siblings.

Kim - I've been wanting to watch "The Notebook," but I don't like the way Nicolas Sparks ends some of his stories. Like in the movie "Message in a Bottle." I didn't see a need to kill of Kevin Costner's character in the end. And I figure this one probably ends the same way, or something as dramatic that would make me cry, too. But I'm sure one day when my DH is out of town again, I'll rent it and ball my eyes out. - And fourteen hours of sleep sounds like heaven to me! I love to sleep.

Paige - I'm glad you had a good weekend. I hope this coming week is a good one, too.

Lori - Your weight gain could definitely be due to the increase in your weights during your workouts. Muscle is way heavier than fat. But on the good side, it burns way more calories, too.

Did we scare Lisa off? I hope I didnt' miss anyone else.

All of the troubles my office was having at work have been worked out. And I was told by HR that I was not part of the problem, and that I had done anything wrong. So, I was very relieved for that. I've only worked there six months. Most of the stuff started before I was hired.

And as for my husband's aunt, I actually work for Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare. I'm not a caseworker, but I work with them a lot. I actually do locates for all the foster care cases in ID. I find the families and parents of children in the foster care system. Anyway, I've got great resources for helping his aunt. We are persuing discrimination charges, and will also be hiring an attorney to try and get her some retirement for her near 30 years of work. She's completely distraught over the whole thing. So I really want to help her out the way she deserves, which is the best.

I hope everyone has a great week! Wish me luck on my WI. I'm hoping my armadillo gets to move some.


04-25-2005, 10:53 AM
I'm sooooo disappointed in myself. I did it again. Why do I do this? I just binge on carbs from the time I wake up on Sundays until Monday mornings when I go to bed. I think I consumed 7000 calories which is definitely a record. I know that I've definitely got a problem. Have any of you tried Southbeach? I've been trying to do weight watchers points system and it worked really well for about 3 months, then all of a sudden I started having this binging problem on Sundays. It's like I can't stop myself. I always save all of my flex points for Sunday because I know that it's the hardest day for me, but I still go WAY over. I was just wondering if I tried cutting out all of the bad sweet stuff if it would make the carb cravings/binging any less. Any insite would be very much appreciated.

04-25-2005, 12:49 PM
Robin you are a much better tenant than I am. We keep our yard nice, but all our plants and flowers are in pots. I refuse to put them in the ground when our landlord does NOTHING for the place and didn't when she lived there either. We'll be taking them with us. My BF has put hers in the ground and intends to transplant everything when she buys. I just couldn't imagine the labor! I bet it looks nice now though :) And yes I do tend to be chatty. I'm glad no one minds. I get bored and just ramble. I guess if I had a couple kids to distract me it would be different. . . someday. . .

Marie - I did find the journals, but it wasn't exactly what I expected. It's like group journaling huh? Glad it works for you! I just get on here and ramble to you guys. ;)

Kim - I have serious issues with carbs too and my only way of dealing is to say no to most - no cookies, cakes, candy, breads, etc. When I do have them it is a special treat. I do have sandwiches regularly so I get bread there and I eat lots of fruit which tends to curb my cravings for sweets plus since cutting out the refined sugars, fruit tastes oh so sweet now! I tried one of the low carb diets years ago and it made me feel awful. I was tired and grumpy. Carbs are NOT bad, it just depends on what kind you eat. I've lost all my weight so far doing - 50% carbs, 30% good mostly good fat & 20% protein. The body needs fat and carbs! Try going to and see what the guidelines say for you when you put in your age, weight, etc. It should be a good guide for your standards. What is your BIGGEST weakness in the carb category? I would suggest cutting it for a few weeks (mine was cookies) and see if that helps. I find that when I stop eating something completely I surprisingly stop craving it after a few weeks.

Well I dropped only a pound as of this morning. Last week I thought I was going to lose 2, but not this morning. I've been working out and lifting weights, so that could have something to do with it. I hope to see some results from all this sweating! I've been doing about 15-20 min of cardio and 10-15 min of strength. We'll see. . .

Have a great week ladies. We're counting down to the weekend again! ;)

04-25-2005, 08:13 PM
Good Evening Chickies!!!

I know how you feel Robin, I only missed yesterday and needed to catch up! It's a good thing, being chatty is very encouraging so gab away Kerry!

Well, I don't get to move my ticker this week, I guess I was due! But at least I came back to the 147 lbs. That made me feel better!! I'm planning on switching my work out routine starting today, so when I'm done with dinner I have to hit the weights!

Sorry girls, I hate tear jerky movies! I want stuff to blow up and suspense! Most of the action movies the good guy always wins!

I know I'm not going to remember everything, but I want to mention a few things.

Joetta, little turkeys! That was so funny, at the time serious, but they will laugh about that for years when they get older!!! Glad she is better, I swear kids will eat anything!

Kerry, I love to read, I just don't find the time like I used too! Maybe after summer, I'm usually to busy and it stays daylight way to long! Tell DH he's going to have to come in from his vampire mode now that you're going to be working full time!!!

Robin, you have the perfect job to help her!! Like I said, I never sued anybody in my life, but I truley hope you sue the pants right off 'em!!! They deservie it!

Marie, your making me hungry for banana bread! Now I'm going to have to hide a couple so they don't get eaten and use the excuse to bake some bread!

Kim, you will find that I eat tons of carbs. I'm just trying to be more careful which ones I eat. Your body is probablly craving them because of the 24 hour tourte your giving it! Carbs are good for quick energy boosts! The best advice I can give you is over pack your lunch bucket with healthier choices, popcorn, pretzels, rice! You need power food, that's why your body is carring on so bad. Brown rice, whole weat anything, and sweet potatoes are awsome slow burn carbs! I usually make myself a cup of tomato soup and toss in some brown rice! The choices are limitless, but the other half of the equaition, don't take ANY MONEY TO WORK! Nothing, no change, no dollars, no big bills (some one will break them for you)!! Less than one month you won't truely care if you eat another Ho-ho agian! I promise the cravings go away! I can go through McDonalds drive through and the smell turns my stomach! I also tossed out a ton of easter candy that nobody ate!!

04-25-2005, 09:17 PM
Lori and Kerry- Thanks for the great advice. I will definitely take it. I literally ate myself sick yesterday. I feel so nauseated today. I can't ever let myself do that again. Love the idea about not taking any money and packing lots of healthier choices. I'll do that next time. It sounds like both of you are doing great!

04-25-2005, 09:21 PM
Hey ladies!! I just wanted you to know I was here and had been catching up on all your posts. Today was such a gloomy day after a beautiful weekend. One of those days when you just want to stay in bed! I was outside most of yesterday and I am paying for that today! My allergies have taken over and I feel miserable. I did find some allegra-d in the cabinet but it doesn't seem to have taken yet! Some of you were talking about journaling. I recently started one at If you want to check it out to see if it is for you my username is allaboutmetime. I like it better then the 3FC journal because I wanted a log of what I'm going through daily that I can look back on when I reach my goals along the way. Kind of like a diary. You can't really do that easily on 3FC. You can add friends to your list and they can leave comments as well to your post. To exhausted tonight to reply to all the post tonight. I'll do better tomorrow.

04-26-2005, 10:44 AM
Well I baked a birthday cake last night - chocolate with chocolate icing - YUM!! :devil: All I could smell was chocolate on the drive in this morning. It is one of my coworkers birthday tomorrow and we are celebrating today. We are also having pizza and subs for lunch. It's going to be hard to be good today and I just might have to splurge a little. :s:

I am loving the fitness routine. I find that I don't really want to go when I get home, but I force myself to and feel so GOOD when I am done! :smug: It inspires me to do it again and again no matter how much I want to talk myself out of it beforehand.

Lori - I am all about the "no cash" theory. It helps me so much to know that I don't have money to go to the cafeteria where we have a smorcasboard of tempting foods! No cash = no cheating! :p I hope it works for you too Kim!

Paige - I like the livejournal thing! I might have to do that myself! I love journaling and need something more techie than the old fashioned pen and paper. And don't worry about responding to everyone all the time. It's nice to just see posts about what's going on with you! :)

04-26-2005, 12:32 PM
Well my armadillo finally got to take a couple of steps. He was getting really bored where he was. I'm down 2 lbs at yesterday's WI. That put's me at 190. I was hoping for 189, just to break past the 190s, but I'll take what I can get.

I stopped carrying cash a while back. I found that I too easily spent it, usually on junk food, and then had no idea what I had done with it. I'm too frugal (aka cheap) to not know where my money is going. But it does help fight the cravings to get something from the vending machines. They don't take debit cards or checks, so I'm fairly safe there.

I, too, have allergies. I just had to get my allegra prescription refilled. I also have prescription eye drops because my eyes tend to itch so bad that I want to scratch my eyes out. But I was introduced to these eye drops last summer and it's been heaven ever since. I think I'm actually going to enjoy summer this year.

I love working out, but it is kind of funny how until I actually do it, I dread it. I fight it because I just want to go relax. But once I do it I feel great. But it's pretty much the same story every day. I make myself go exercise, and then I'm glad I did once it's over.

Kim, I have a real problem with the carbs, too. So when I started this weight loss regime, I decided that I would just avoid sugary carbs. I still eat pasta, wild rice, whole grain breads, and such. But at all costs I try to avoid the cakes and such. And after the first week or two, it was fairly easy. Although, when I've fallen off the wagon, usually caused by stress eating, I have to go through the "withdrawl" period again. But it's easier each time. And I have noticed that some foods now turn my stomach, too. I can turn down fried foods with no problems at all. And on a normal day, one with no excessive hormones or stress, I don't have a problem turning down cookies and cake either. It does take a while to get to that point, though. So, stick with it. And I also pack my lunch and snacks for the day. That way I just eat what I bring with me to work and then I don't have as much temptation.

Well gotta go. Have a great day!

04-26-2005, 07:30 PM
:wave: Howdy Everyone!

I'm Rebecca from Oklahoma and I am a full time working stiff trying to lose weight. So far I have had no luck, but now I am getting my fat butt in gear.

Let's see what do you wanna know about me?

I am 24 years old, have one daugher Allison Nicole who is 17 months, I will be celebrating my 5 year anniversary to my wonderful husband Scott this July.
I work Tues-Fri 10 hours, and every other week I work Wed-Sat 10 hours, it is very draining on me. But, I gotta work to pay the bills.

We are going to Las Vegas in June with some friends and I would love to lose 10-15lbs before then, so today is a new journey! I am going to start by changing my eating habits, and exercising. Right now I am on my 3rd bottle of water (20 oz) per bottle, and after Allison goes to bed, I am going to work out. Wish me luck on that one!

My long term goal is to lose 70lbs, I would love to reach this goal by Christmas of 2006, I know it is possible I just gotta stick to my diet!

I can't wait to get to know everyone, and to be on this journey with other ladies who are going through the same thing as me.

Sorry for babbling on, but if there is anything you guys want to know let me know.

04-26-2005, 08:18 PM
I swore I was going to work out before I jumped on here, but I can't help myself!! I just hate getting behind, we just chat up a storm :lol:!!!

Welcome Rebecca, I hope all goes good for you this time!! We have a fun, busy bunch of nuts here!!

Robin, Wahooo 2lbs, you go :dance:!!!!!!!!! I know what you and Kerry mean about practically needing to kick yourself to do the work-out then absolute bliss when your done!! Hey I rode the stationary bike for 30 mins. yesterday (15 mins. hard, 5 slow, 5 more hard, then finised the last 5 slow) The sweat was dripping so bad I couldn't see the numbers on the meter and had a puddle forming under the bike! Last time I tried the bike I thought I was going to die after 8 mins. so apperantly I'm getting in better shape too! And it's one of those killer bikes that the faster you pedal the harder it gets and the arms are going at the same time!!!!

Ok, enough blabber for tonight I have to get moving!

And Paige, just droping a line and letting us know you're still hanging in is great!!

04-26-2005, 08:31 PM
AH--AH--AH--CHOO! I've spent the day doing mostly routine check-ups of my female plumbing, and between appointments wandered around the neighborhood the hospital's in, admiring the lovely homes and all the blossoms. I guess I inhaled a lot of pollen in the process....but it was nice to do all the medical stuff on one day, instead of trying to rush back to work.

I managed to lose two pounds last week, after being so worried about losing my focus while traveling. I'll be gone again on Friday, so I want to keep the momentum going. I need to lose seven more pounds by Memorial Day. I'm bringing seafood burgers to a co-worker's potluck tomorrow, so I know there will be at least one thing I can eat!

Hi, LadyBug! Nice to meet you. I'm trying to lose lots of weight over time, too. Do you have a specific eating plan in mind?

Robin, congratulations on the weight loss :goodscale

Kerry--I love what you said about working out, I can really relate to it.

Kim--Have you seen a nutritionist? Sometimes they can help you identify a balance of foods that will work for you, since everyone is different. I've been avoiding most sugar and processed grains (including rice), and eating two, maybe three fruits a day, and lots of veggies and protein. I definitely don't eat sweets or bread before noon, 'cuz when I do I'm on a bender for the rest of the day. I love love love cereal, but it just makes me hungrier than before. I blame it on the years of going back and forth on low-fat diets. Anyway, South Beach seems like a reasonable plan, because you can eat fruit after the first few weeks, and it seems to be more heart-healthy than Atkins. I do a variation of it that I worked out with a doctor, and so far, so good!

Oops, gotta run! I hope everyone is doing great! I really enjoy your posts.

judy :flow1:

04-26-2005, 09:23 PM
Good Evening ladies!! Hope all is well with everyone!

Welcome Rebecca! I hope you find the motivation and encouragement here that you need. This is a fabulous group of women!!!!!

Judy- Boy, what a fun day you have had!!ha-ha Congrats on the 2lbs!!!! That's great, keep it up!

Kerry- I really like the live journal thing, It helps to keep me motivated. I like the idea of having everything accounted for so I can look back on it when I reach my goal!! Let me know if you try it. How did you do today with all the goodies at work!

Lori-I also am all for the no cash thing!!! It really helps me alot. As a matter of fact I walked by the vending machines today at work and I thought to myself "Gee, I haven't visited those in a long time!".

I managed to get my yoga in last night before I went to bed and I must say I slept really good!!!! It is getting easier each time I do it. I'd like to get up enough nerve sometime to actually go to a class. But that won't happen for awhile. Well we just got home from swimming lessons and I thought I would jump on and see how everyone was doing. I always like to hear about those extra pounds melting away!!! Keep up the good work everyone!

04-26-2005, 10:35 PM
Evening all, today was a great day. I lost 4 pounds since last WI. Granted some was due to the TOM ending, but some was just me being good. That is such a great way to start the day. For the last couple of months, all I saw was the scale going up. I have 7 pounds to go to be at where I was last November. I know I can do it.

I've had about 1300 calories today, draks tons of water and took my 3 dogs for a hike on the mountain logging roads. I huff and puff my way up the hills, then the down is like a breeze. I figure it all evens out. I couldn't go as long as I would have liked because of Kodiak's endurance was compromised by the abuterol experience.

Lori, I like the idea of not carrying cash. I always don't have any because if I do my teenagers seem to confiscate it. So I have exactly $1 in my purse. It does stop me spending money when co-workers go to Burger King/McDonalds. Can't buy if no cash. Lucky for me, they took out our vending machines at work.

Welcome Rebecca. What's cool about this site is that you can share as much as you want. No one's going to push you for more. I hope you enjoy Las Vegas. It's an interesting town. I'm going to Reno in a week and half for my 22 anniversary. The strips are very showy.

Paige, I journal on my Lifeform software. I have journals far back (about 5 years) of previous diets. I should go back and look at those. Maybe I can find a clue as to why I feel off the wagon. Might be interesting.

Well, that's about it from my end. Work was good and the weather was gorgeous. All together perfect day.

04-26-2005, 11:31 PM
Thanks for the warm welcomes everyone!

Judy~My plan is start drinking more water, less pop, no more junk food, no more sweets, make better choices when getting fast food. Eat my fruits and veggies everyday, if you have any tips I will gladly take them!

04-27-2005, 01:58 PM
I had another bad day yesterday. I'm feeling so much better today though. Junk food sounds gross today for some reason. I went to the gym for an hour this morning and did an advanced step aerobics class. So far to eat I've had Kashi oatmeal, an orange, and a blackberry fat free yogurt. I'm planning on making Salmon for supper tonight, which I've never made. I hope it turns out O.K. I'm sure my son will let me know if it's not. I made him chocolate chip pancakes this morning and he was in heaven. I resisted them, by the way, yeah!

Paige-Hope your allergies are better!

Kerry-Your cake sounded yummy! I'm glad you're loving the fitness routine.

Robin and Judy-Congrats on the 2 pounds!!!!! :cb: :cp: :dancer:

Welcome Rebecca!!!!! :wave:

Lori-That bike workout sounds great. I've read that bicycling is one of the highest calorie burn workouts that you can do. My 45 minute spin class is supposed to burn between 400-800 calories.

Marie-WOW-4 pounds!!!! That's awesome! :bravo: :cheer:

Hope everyone has a great day!!!!

04-27-2005, 04:31 PM
Lori- Have you read this article yet? It's a good one.

Why the Scale Lies

Weíve been told over an over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us canít resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just canít bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence itís readings. From water retention to glycogen storage and changes in lean body mass, daily weight fluctuations are normal. They are not indicators of your success or failure. Once you understand how these mechanisms work, you can free yourself from the daily battle with the bathroom scale.

Water makes up about 60% of total body mass. Normal fluctuations in the bodyís water content can send scale-watchers into a tailspin if they donít understand whatís happening. Two factors influencing water retention are water consumption and salt intake. Strange as it sounds, the less water you drink, the more of it your body retains. If you are even slightly dehydrated your body will hang onto itís water supplies with a vengeance, possibly causing the number on the scale to inch upward. The solution is to drink plenty of water.

Excess salt (sodium) can also play a big role in water retention. A single teaspoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. Generally, we should only eat between 1,000 and 3,000 mg of sodium a day, so itís easy to go overboard. Sodium is a sneaky substance. You would expect it to be most highly concentrated in salty chips, nuts, and crackers. However, a food doesnít have to taste salty to be loaded with sodium. A half cup of instant pudding actually contains nearly four times as much sodium as an ounce of salted nuts, 460 mg in the pudding versus 123 mg in the nuts. The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content. Thatís why, when it comes to eating, itís wise to stick mainly to the basics: fruits, vegetables, lean meat, beans, and whole grains. Be sure to read the labels on canned foods, boxed mixes, and frozen dinners.

Women may also retain several pounds of water prior to menstruation. This is very common and the weight will likely disappear as quickly as it arrives. Pre-menstrual water-weight gain can be minimized by drinking plenty of water, maintaining an exercise program, and keeping high-sodium processed foods to a minimum.

Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and itís packaged with 3-4 pounds of water when itís stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. As the glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along with itís associated water. Itís normal to experience glycogen and water weight shifts of up to 2 pounds per day even with no changes in your calorie intake or activity level. These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, although they can make for some unnecessarily dramatic weigh-ins if youíre prone to obsessing over the number on the scale.

Otherwise rational people also tend to forget about the actual weight of the food they eat. For this reason, itís wise to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before youíve had anything to eat or drink. Swallowing a bunch of food before you step on the scale is no different than putting a bunch of rocks in your pocket. The 5 pounds that you gain right after a huge dinner is not fat. Itís the actual weight of everything youíve had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when youíve finished digesting it.

Exercise physiologists tell us that in order to store one pound of fat, you need to eat 3,500 calories more than your body is able to burn. In other words, to actually store the above dinner as 5 pounds of fat, it would have to contain a whopping 17,500 calories. This is not likely, in fact itís not humanly possible. So when the scale goes up 3 or 4 pounds overnight, rest easy, itís likely to be water, glycogen, and the weight of your dinner. Keep in mind that the 3,500 calorie rule works in reverse also. In order to lose one pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in. Generally, itís only possible to lose 1-2 pounds of fat per week. When you follow a very low calorie diet that causes your weight to drop 10 pounds in 7 days, itís physically impossible for all of that to be fat. What youíre really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle.

This brings us to the scaleís sneakiest attribute. It doesnít just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesnít necessarily mean that youíve lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what youíve lost (or gained). Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate. Muscle is a metabolically active tissue. The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns, even when youíre just sitting around. Thatís one reason why a fit, active person is able to eat considerably more food than the dieter who is unwittingly destroying muscle tissue.

Robin Landis, author of "Body Fueling," compares fat and muscles to feathers and gold. One pound of fat is like a big fluffy, lumpy bunch of feathers, and one pound of muscle is small and valuable like a piece of gold. Obviously, you want to lose the dumpy, bulky feathers and keep the sleek beautiful gold. The problem with the scale is that it doesnít differentiate between the two. It canít tell you how much of your total body weight is lean tissue and how much is fat. There are several other measuring techniques that can accomplish this, although they vary in convenience, accuracy, and cost. Skin-fold calipers pinch and measure fat folds at various locations on the body, hydrostatic (or underwater) weighing involves exhaling all of the air from your lungs before being lowered into a tank of water, and bioelectrical impedance measures the degree to which your body fat impedes a mild electrical current.

If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesnít appeal to you, donít worry. The best measurement tool of all turns out to be your very own eyes. How do you look? How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are your rings looser? Do your muscles feel firmer? These are the true measurements of success. If you are exercising and eating right, donít be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride. Itís a matter of mind over scale.

04-27-2005, 06:41 PM
Great article Kim!!! I think that's your biggest post over here yet :lol:!!!

It's obvious I have increased endoruance, but my butt is more than a little sorry I pushed so hard on the bike! :D I think I may have to avoid that bad boy tonight!! At any rate, yes my muscles and body are SLOWLY transforming, I can see the muscles peaking out of my upper body, but that spare tire thing around my gut has got to go!! See what kills me is everybody says measure, measure, measure! But I lose inches in some really weird places, like my feet, hands, face, and yes what little bit of boobs I have! I didn't measure any of those things! So sometimes the tape measure dosen't tell the whole story either!

I'll write more later, I have to cook dinner now!

04-27-2005, 08:45 PM
Boy do I feel like a dork! Ya know I just hate being wrong, after Kim's informative article, and my friend Rachel giving me an ear beating I think I'm getting a little too much sodium. And I thougt I was doing so good picking out low fat foods, well I guess I got carried away with being a busy full time working stiff. I have had at least one (usually 2) meals a day for the past 2 weeks that came from a can or a bag! Like tomato soup, tuna, and my favorite frozen chicken stir fry! OOpppsss, I think I better get back to dicing and slicing my own food and save the cans for when I'm really pressed for time! Can you say DORKARELLA!!! Yea, that would be me the one who never admits when she's wrong, so mark this one up on the calender!!! And to think, I was blaming it on the protien smoothies being too many calories! Well I'll behave the rest of the week and see where that gets me! If I'm still having a problem next week we may have to look at my new smoothie intake!!!

04-27-2005, 08:51 PM
Good evening chickies!

Welcome Rebecca! :wave:

Lori - I didn't measure anything and wish I would have. I've used my clothing as an indication of inches lost. I too have lost so much in my boobs and face and other weird places only to have this donut still hanging out around my gut. :mad: Grrr... this has been my solid inspiration for working out regularly from now on. I sure hope we can do this. . . I'm starting to worry.

Kim - I hope you were able to get back on the wagon today. Try to start fresh and stay away from those high calorie carbs! Eat more fruit! ;)

Paige - I'm glad the yoga is going well for you and it sounds like you're really enjoying it. Honestly I'm intimidated by all the fitness classes, but yoga would give me fits! :lol:

Marie! Way to go!!! That's quite a loss! :bravo: Keep it up! You'll have those seven off in no time - I know you can do it to :cheer:

Judy - that's great that you lost 2 while traveling. You're really staying on plan and doing so well! :cp: How did the potluck go?

Robin - A two pound loss is AWESOME!!! :dancer: You're going to be below 190 in a matter of days! ;)

It sounds like many of us are suffering from allergies. I thought my nose was the size of a baseball when I went to bed last night. I took so much decon and allergy meds if you could od on the stuff I would've. It's really put me down. I have managed to make it to the gym twice this week so far - Mon and today. I did mostly cardio tonight and I'm trying to push myself: 15 minutes on the elyptical, 10 minutes on the bike and 10 minutes working abs HARD. I laid off the weights today bc I'm suffering a bit and need to do some serious stretching. I'm really starting to feel it though in all kinds of places!

Good news - DH passed his portfolio review for specialization and is officially at Junior Interior Design level! I am so happy for him and relieved! :lol: He's almost done for the semester and I can't wait.

Well I'm off for now. I'll check back in tomorrow. Keep it up ladies - We're doing great!!! :balloons:

04-27-2005, 09:07 PM
I knew someone was missing - - - JOETTA!! Are you out there? I hope you're hanging in there hun :) and we see you soon.

04-27-2005, 09:16 PM
Hi chickes. Weíve made it through Wednesday and are officially on the downward slide to weekend. I do love weekends. Being back on track food, water and exercise wise has made the weekends even better because Iím not wanting (or doing) to munch all weekend long. Iím so focused that I donít even think much about food. That is a real accomplishment since usually when I diet I obsess about what my next meal will be. Now Iím finding that eating is sort of a pain in the neck since I donít want to cook for myself. When DH comes home on Saturday, weíll see if I stay as focused. I sure hope so.

Kim, you can get back on track and leave those cookies in the dust. We all have days that we lose it so youíre really not alone. Thanks on the congrats. That felt just as good as the losing weight did. I just truly love how supportive we are. And that article was great. I knew about the water and sodium, but I didnít know about the glycogen. That was really interesting.

Lori, I finally figured out that Iím lucky. I gain weight all over and I lose weight all over. Proportionately, I fit the sizes on the labels. I definitely have realized with 3FC that Iím lucky. That would be hard to work your *** off only to lose it only in your chest and feet. I wish I could give you some of my proportions since I have big boobs that tend not to want to shrink a lot.

Kerry, I also have allergies and asthma. I take my meds year round but they canít quite cover the symptoms in the spring. Living in the desert (where itís currently downpouring) has helped, but theyíre still there. I sure hope you feel better soon. Congrats to hubby on reaching that level. Thatís just so cool for you. Oh, BTW, I bought a lotto ticket to take us all to Hawaii and I lost. I guess your luck didnít rub off here. I think youíve got to buy it.

Well, thatís about it for now. Iíll chat with you all tomorrow.

04-27-2005, 10:55 PM
Another short post... I feel lousy and my allegra d hasn't kicked in yet!! Just wanted you all to know that I had been catching up on the day. The kids just went to bed and I think I am headed in that direction. Tomorrow is WI so wish me luck!! Hopefully it will be a good one and end this holding pattern I have been in all month. I'll check back in tomorrow. Hopefully the allegra will have kicked in and I will feel a little more chatty. Have a great evening ladies.

04-28-2005, 09:26 AM
Paige - :goodluck: with the WI today!!! :goodscale

BTW - I have cash in my purse and I'm going to buy some lottery tickets tonight - Promise! :D

04-28-2005, 07:37 PM
Kerry, don't forget to cut us all in if you win the lottery, since it was our idea for you to buy tickets!

Paige, I hope you're feeling better! I took my long walk this morning, across the Memorial Bridge and along the Potomac River, and was quite sniffly afterwards. I've had a bit of a sinus headache off and on since Tuesday afternoon, but not enough to knock me out.

Marie, congratulations on the big loss :jig:

Rebecca, your food plan sounds great, not like a 'diet' at all, just using common sense. Good luck!

Kim, thanks for the article. I hate how we beat ourselves up over what registered on the scale, instead of looking at the size of our bodies, or valuing how we feel. I weigh myself every morning because it reminds me of my goal, and try to not to let the number determine what mood I'll be in for the rest of the day.

Lori--Dorkarella? :lol3: I don't think so! I was really diggin' these new Savvy Faire frozen dinners, until I figured out what it is that I like so much about them (besides the hefty portion sizes and liberal use of healthy fats): a very high sodium content! I've stopped buying them, and I make sure to drink extra water on days I have Lean Cuisines or Progresso soup.

My potluck last night was cancelled, as the hostess was ill. So now I have a freezer full of seafood burgers and a lot of homemade tartar sauce! I'm heading to New York tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

judy :goodvibes

04-28-2005, 10:00 PM
Okay ladies, in my opinion the month of April has sucked lemons, big time. I can't wait for May to be here. First I turned 40, got hives from head to toe, gained 4lbs due to TOM (which was also 3 weeks late), and if that wasn't enough I have only lost 10ounces in the month of April except for the 4lb gain that I lost. I stay on plan. I have been so good!!! And this just SUCKS!!! ok...vent is over.....

Kerry- Good luck with those lotto tickets!!!!

Judy- I have also really been trying to stay away from frozen entrees for lunch. You think your doing such a great job by eating them, but if you really look at the label...WOW...not such a good thing after all.

Allergies don't seem to be so bad today...but I'm not impressed with my allegra d. I'll check back later if hubby will let me back on.

04-28-2005, 11:30 PM
Well, I did good with the exercise today. I did a very intense 45 minute step aerobics class today, then ran 1 mile, walked 1 mile, 15 minutes on the stairclimber, then some weights, whew! My food choices have been about the same. I swear sweet stuff is an addiction for me. Here is what I've decided to do.....totally abstain from anything sweet except for fruit and 1 fudgelite bar per day (sweetened with Splenda and 35 calories). You know how alcoholics have to abstain from alcohol. I'm pretty sure that's what I need to do with sweet stuff. I've got a real problem with it. I can't wait to start seeing the pounds come off. I've looked back through my Fitday and that's the reason I've not been losing. I'll let you guys know each day if I'm following through. I need ya'll to hold me accountable. The first 2 weeks will be hard, but I can do it. Well, this is my new goal. Wish me luck! I've got to get ready for work-we have the dreaded potluck tonight. Have a great night!

04-29-2005, 12:18 AM
Judy, enjoy New York and your freezer full of seafood burgers. Nothing like having a ton of the same food to eat. At least seafood is a healthy choice for you.

Kim, you can do it on the sweets. Go cold turkey and you'll succeed. Good job on the exercise.

Paige, I hope you start to feel better. I found with allegra, it's best to take it year round. It works great for me that way.

Kerry, I have my lotto ticket too. If either of us wins, it's off to Hawaii for the full time working stiffs.

I've been good on my diet today, even with going out to lunch. Water intake is good, not great. Just not thirsty today, I guess.


04-29-2005, 07:54 PM
I LOVE FRIDAYS!!! They are just the best!

I've been slightly busy this week so I haven't had as much time to chat :( !

I have my workout clothes on and I'm going to jump in before I lose the mood, I really over worked my legs Tue. and I had to give them a 2 day break. They all better today so back to the squats!! My weight is really not looking much better on the DUMB scale, but that's ok I guess everybody hits a platue now and again! How many weeks were you stuck Kerry??

Marie, if I forgot, way to go on the weight loss!!!

Paige, I sometimes get allergy problems, but mine are in the fall when the leaves are falling (my favorite time of the year) and I'm living off nose spray and advil cold and sinus.

Kim, pass some of the energy my way :D ! YOU CAN DO IT!! (what was that movie) any way I'm sure you can get past your sugar-holic cravings!!!

Judy, have a great time in NY! Yea, those pre-made dinners can be a real problem if you eat tooo many!!!

Ok, I'm going to work out! I'll be back later!

04-30-2005, 10:47 AM
Good Morning!! I hope everyone has fabulous plans for today!!! I had planned on taking the kids to the park but it is really windy and looks like it might rain. Maybe the outlook will get better as the day goes on. They were really looking forward to it.

I feel a little better, maybe the allegra d is starting to work. Glad today is the last day of April!! I'm looking forward to May so I can get out of this April rut.

I need to do a few errands today like going to the grocery store and DD needs a special pair of dance tights for her recital. They are taking pics on Wednesday so I need to find them today.

I still have alot of stuff in the freezer from what I cooked last weekend, but I might fix a few more things today just to add some more variety this week. Hopefully I can get some exercise in this weekend since I am feeling alittle better.

I will try to check in again sometime today. Enjoy the day ladies!!!

04-30-2005, 11:34 AM
A quick check in. . . I'm busy busy. Yesterday was a rough day at work. We're having some trouble negotiating my contract since going FT :( It is really stressful! :mad: We went to the movies last night and saw "The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" - I have read the books and totally enjoyed it!

Lori - I was stuck on the scale for almost THREE weeks. And then I started losing again at a rate of about .5 to 1 lb per week. Then it picked back up. Now I'm thinking I've hit another plateau, but it could be the working out.

I'm doing web dev now in order to have something ready to show my brother later today. We're traveling a couple ours to visit my family and celebrate my oldest neice's and my dad's bdays. (she was born on his 50th bday 8 years ago :) ). I'm looking forward to seeing my family and swimming in my brother's pool.

Have a great weekend ladies! I'll catch up on Monday! :)

04-30-2005, 12:24 PM
Good Morning Chickies :coffee:!!!
It's Sat. late morning, just ran and got my hair cut. DH's grandfater passed away last night, so I'm looking at a crazy couple of days. Thank goodness the family stuff isn't going to start until tomorrow. I have to go to the store get stuff to make in advance for the week and for after the funeral. Then a laundry, the house, and my normal weekend stuff! I may have to check into a clone for myself :dizzy:!!

Kerry, I couldn't remember if it was 2 or 3 weeks you didn't budge on the scales, but I remember it being rough!! So to keep my self motivated I grabbed the tape measure this morning, 1 inch of the waist, 1 inch off the hips and a 1/2 inch off my thighs! Guess things aren't all bad!!!!

Paige, glad your feeling better!! The weather here in PA just absolutly sucks, it's doing that rainy, drizzle thing, it's chilly, grey, and just depressing!

Well I've to get running, I'm starving and have a million and one things to get done today! I'll try to check back later!!!

04-30-2005, 01:54 PM
Hi all,

Lori, I'm sorry about DH grandfather. Sounds like you will be really busy.

Kerry, isn't the negotiation part fun? At least they're not telling you straight out this is what you get, take it or leave it. My jobs have all been that way, then a year or two later, they seek big increases for me so that I'll stay. That's happening again in this job.

I have been stuck in the same zone for about 6 months. I can't get past 189, but then for 6 weeks I ate like a pig and gained 11 pounds. So now I'm back to 196 and going down. I think that part of the reason that I gave up was because I had been stuck for about 3 months. Dumb choice but that's what I did. Now I wish I was at 189. :)

Things have been good. I've been totally on plan for two weeks and the scale and my clothes have shown that. DH is coming home today after being gone 2 weeks. Do you all see a pattern with that. I was able to be good while he's gone. So now the true test will begin. Regardless, I'm sure glad he's coming home. I really am tired of being alone with my dogs. They don't hold captivating conversations although Kodiak does like to howl at me when I talk to him. BTW, he is doing great after his accident with the abuterol.

Take care everyone and I'll talk to you tomorrow.

04-30-2005, 11:48 PM
Lori-I'm also sorry to hear about DH grandfather.

Tomorrow, I'm going to try Southbeach. I loaded up on carbs today for my last high carb dinner. I had mashed potatoes, french fries, and 2 rolls. I did workout for 30 minutes today on the elliptical. I'm afraid to weigh though. I've been eating pretty poorly for about 1 1/2 weeks. My next weigh in will be next Sunday. I hope to be back to 151 by then. I've got to get serious. I used to have so much willpower. I don't know what my problem has been here lately. Tomorrow is May 1st, a new month, a fresh commitment, and I will take care of myself! I'm setting a goal to lose an additional 5 pounds this month. Do any of you have goals for the month of May?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

05-01-2005, 09:45 AM
My scale said 160 this morning!!!!!!!!! I know some of it's fluid retention from all of the junk I've been eating, but it was a real eye opener. I just wanted a starting weight for Southbeach. I'll feel so much better when I get all of this junk out of my system. Wish me luck!

05-01-2005, 02:47 PM
Hi all, just a quick note to say that I lost another pound. I've lost 5 of the 11 pounds that I gained from November. Total weight loss since I started last year is back to 12 pounds. I just really want to lose what I had regained. Then I'll really feel back on track. The only place I'm still struggling is with getting 4 time exercising times a week. I'm at 3 but I really need to up it another day.

DH is home and is really being supportive. This morning for breakfast I asked him what he wanted and he asked what fit into my diet so that I'd stay on track. Such a sweetie. so we had one of my breakfasts and he just had more. It was great.

Another rainy cold day. Hopefully it will dry up a little this afternoon so I can go hiking with DH and the dogs. That's my favorite way to exercise. If not, I have to use the exercycle.


05-02-2005, 01:00 AM
Hello ladies. Sorry I've been MIA, but the problems I was having at work, got a little worse in some respects. They put everyone on the same schedule, which was fine, but the department manager said that he would prefer that we didn't spend our lunch hours on our comptuers. I can see their point, but I used take 15-20 minutes to check in here and do my daily posting. Now, I have to do it in the evenings, and I often just don't have time. I have a two-hour commute round trip. Then we go for our evening walks for about an hour, then eat and do chores. So, it's going to be hard for me to post everyday. I'll just have to squeeze it in elsewhere though because our forum really keeps me on track.

Lori - I'm sorry to hear about your DH's grandfather. I hope he didn't suffer much. How is your husband doing? Hang in there. We'll be here when you get back.

Kim - You are not alone with your sweet cravings. They are my downfall big time. And not candy, just pastries - cookies, cakes, pies, donuts, etc. And I had come to the conculsion a while back that I am just way better off abstaining completely from them. If I have one bite, it can throw me off for the rest of the day. And I had some birthday cake at work on Friday for one of the girls in the office. I thought if I just took a small piece, I'd be fine. I was sooooo wrong. I have been eating sweets all weekend now. And now I'm going to have to go through the withdrawl again. I was doing so well when I had gotten through the withdrawl and cravings period. I just didnt' eat any of that type of food and I was fine with it. I need to get back to that point. May will be our month. We can do this! No sugary carbs for either of us.

Marie - I'm very glad that Kodiak is doing so well. And congratulations on another pound lost! :cp: :dance: The other six will be off soon. (I know, not soon enough :) ) And isn't it so nice when DH actually works with you? Mine is also very supportive. In fact he's trying to lose some weight himself, so we can motivate each other. That helps when one of us doesn't want to walk at night. And right now I'm struggling to get below 190. I would like to be at 180 by the end of May, but I seem to be stuck right here.

Kerry - Good luck on the negotiations. I hope you have a much better week this week. Did you have a good weekend with your family? And what do you do your web dev in? I used to design web sites. I enjoyed doing it, but I got tired of the customers. They wanted the world but didin't want to pay for it.

Paige - I have an appointment with my doctor this week because of my allergies. My allegra prescription says only one a day, but I'm lucky if it lasts 12 hours. So I've been taking two a day. I read an article on taking bee pollen supplements for pollen allergies. I may try that too. Spring is my favorite time of year. But between the pollen in Spring, and the hay and grasses of summer, I really suffer this time of year. I'm afraid I may have to start on the shots, but that is a last resort. I'll let you know how the bee pollen goes.

Judy & Joetta - I hope you have a wonderful week. And I hope everyone has a really teriffic month of May.


05-02-2005, 08:25 AM
Paige--May is your month to shine :sunny: Mine, too, I hope! My scale jumped up a few pounds yesterday, due to TOM and to TOM-related sloppy eating last week. It took the glow off my most recent loss, but I'm not changing my ticker until next weekend, 'cuz I do think it's mostly water weight. But like you, I'm determined to have a great month ahead! My goal is to be under 225 by the end of the month. I will have to EPP, and step up my workouts.

Kim, good luck with South Beach! Have you seen a nutritionist? I've read that some people who have really aggressive exercise routines actually lose more weight by taking in a few more calories (especially healthy fats) a day. At any rate, I know you can tame your sweet tooth.

Marie--how nice that you and your hubby passed the first 'test'! And congrats on losing another pound.

Lori, don't you love your tape measure :) ? I'll be measured this weekend at Curves (monthly assessment), and next week at the doctor, when I can compare to where I was when I first saw her in despair last November. I know these will both give me an emotional boost.

Robin, it's good to hear from you! And when we don't, I'll assume that you've only had time to read and not respond (which happens to me a lot when life is hectic). I hope things get better soon for you at work. Joetta, this goes for you, too!

Speaking of which, I gotta get moving. I won't have time to walk this evening, so I will do my river walk this morning. It's my Curves day, but I don't want to deal with a gym bag today. I'm going to the Wizards-Bulls playoff game tonight--no overpriced, mediocre beer or nachos :corn: , just the snacks I pack this morning :yes: If I give in, I can't blame it on TOM, just on my own lack of willpower in social situations....I can do it! See you tomorrow.

Have a great day!


05-02-2005, 10:06 AM
I am so tired! The nieces wore me out! Four little girls can exhaust one aunt and uncle in 2 days for sure. I guess they gave me a good workout, but my back sure hurts from picking them up too much ;) We had a good time and enjoyed seeing all of them. I swam a bit but it wasn't sunny enough to work on my tan :( Of course I ate poorly, but tried not to eat too much of anything. I did manage to still lose a pound. I haven't been to the gym in quite a few days because I've been so busy and out of town. I hope to get back on track this week. DH will hopefully get more on my schedule sometime this week and start looking for a job to last through the summer.

Robin - the web dev I do is mostly by word of mouth and for govt things related to my brother. My brother is a Doctor who wants to be a politician. Right now he is starting a political organization and I am doing the web dev for him. I have a graphic designer I work with and I do all of the programming. I don't love it, but I know how to do it and seem to get asked to do it often. It's ok and it pays. ;)

Marie - Congrats on the LOSS!! :cp: That's great the DH is being supportive I hope you two keep up the teamwork.

Judy - Good luck at the game tonight staying on plan. I hope the scale jumps down for you ASAP!

Lori - I am so sorry about DH's grandfather. I hope you see a loss on the scale soon, but that's great about the inches! :cp:

Kim - Good luck with South Beach! If it works for you and you really need to kick the carbs - GO FOR IT!!!

Joetta ????????????????

05-02-2005, 07:40 PM
Hope everyone has had a skinny day!! I didn't have to work today so I had the house too myself which never happens. It was kind of nice to drop the kids off at school and know I could do whatever I wanted. So what did I do??? Went to the post office and dry cleaners after dropping the kids off. Then I came home and ate my breakfast and went out to the garage to find the tape measure and ended up cleaning the garage (just what I wanted to do on my day off). Next I headed off to go get curtain rods, flower pots, and a small fountain to set on the patio. When I got home I planted my herbs in the pots and ate lunch. Then I decided it was too late to start sewing the curtains so I took a little nap and woke up in time to watch Dr. Phil and Oprah (which I never get to do). That was how I spent my day off. Now I'm just waiting for DH and the kids to get home.

I've done pretty well staying on plan today, although it would have been really easy to snack while watching TV this afternoon. I had a minigoal today, NO DIET COKE!!!! I've done pretty darn good. I've had 4 16oz bottles of water today and I can tell the difference. Maybe if I can make it today I will be more motivated tomorrow to see if I can keep it going. I'm not giving up diet soda, I just really want to cut back and not drink so much of it.

Tomorrow I have to got to a luncheon with my Principal. Hopefully it won't set me back too many points...I might have to tap into some of those 35 flex points.

Kerry- Glad you had a good time with your family.

Judy- I agree with you. May is our month! Have fun at the game tonight.

Robin- Glad your back!!!! I can't use my computer at work for personal use either. It makes it hard to catch up in the evening...not to mention I have to fight with DH over who gets to use it first.

Marie- It sounds like DH is more supportive about your diet. It really helps when they are on board with you giving you that support.

Kim- Good luck with South Beach. I have several teachers at work that have had a lot of success with this plan.

Lori- Sorry about DH's grandfather. My prayers are with you and your family.

Well the hubby and the kids will be home soon so I had better get something going for dinner tonight. Take care ladies.

05-02-2005, 10:14 PM
It's late Monday, thank you all for the warm wishes! I'm just glad to not have to stare at those 30 plates of assorted cookies!

I had a lose on the scale this morning, 1 & 1/2 lbs, so no complaints here today! I of course at very poorly at dinner, no decent choices and we hadn't at all day!

Lots to catch up on, so I'll try and keep this quick!

Marie, way to go on the loss and keep DH in line ;) !

Paige, I am sooo jealous of your day off, I'ld pay good money to clean something and take a nap!!!! Glad to hear the snacking didn't get to you!

Judy, let us know asap about how the measuring goes! It is such a mental boost after looking at the stupid scale!!! Have a great time at the game!

Robin, looks like the work problems are not over yet! Hang in there!! My mom gets shots for her allergies, and it's a pain to run to the Dr. for the shots, but it's also a blessing too!

Kerry, how's the job negotation going? And how is the Gym? Glad you had a great weekend and do me a favor, hook up a link to your post in the excersice forum, you were given some of the best advice I have ever seen!

Kim, good luck with South Beach, I looked at that, but I just LOVE my breads way too much :D! I hope it works for you!

OK, I'm going to get ready for bed, check in with you all tommorrow!!!

05-02-2005, 11:26 PM
Hi all, I hope your Monday went good. I, like Paige, had the day off and it was great. I worked on stained glass for most of the day and I did a little (really little) cleaning. I surfed for a while, then I took a nap. I was wonderful to have my house to myself during the day.

I stayed on plan and have eaten 1000 calories so far so tonight I get to have a small ice cream cone. Mmmm. It should be delicious. I also drank all my water, but I drank a lot of soda and tomorrow is weigh in. So, I have to drink more to flush some of the sodium out of my system. Iíll let you know how it goes.

Robin, I love sweets of all kinds too. I found the only way is to avoid the pastries is to cold turkey them too. They are my weakness. Sorry about the no computer at lunch time. That would really stink. Mostly I come to 3FC in the evening but once in a while Iíll go while at work. I wouldnít like a limitation on it. It is great when DH is supportive. I think I put him on a diet, though. Heís okay with that since he wants to lose 10 pounds.

Judy, May is our month. I plan to lose and I hope itíll be a lot. My one year anniversary of starting my diet is at the end of this month, and Iíd like to get back to where I was at the beginning of November. Thatís my mini-goal. Six pounds in one month is doable. I hope you were able to get your walk in. Hiking is my only liked way of exercising at the moment. Good luck on the measurements.

Kerry, didnít you know kids are exhausting. Iím glad that you had fun though. Way to go on the pound loss.

Paige, great work on not snacking while watching TV. Home alone and bored (I have to be really bored to watch TV) is a downfall for me. I read your comment about Diet Coke and thought about all the Diet Pepsi I consumed today. It made me shake my head at myself. Good luck with the luncheon.

Lori way to go on the 1.5 pound loss. Thatís fabulous. Good luck through this week.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

05-03-2005, 10:25 AM
LORI!!! Yay! Way to go on the loss!! :cp: :cb: So you're over the hump and now you're going to start losing again. We're going to make that goal of 140 by May 30th.

Here is the link to the advice I got about exercising: LINK ( I am still wondering if I will ever lose this pooch under my belly button. I keep trying and working those muscles and DH says it is definitely smaller. I went to the tailor yesterday to have some clothes altered bc they're too big now. She says that she is taking out 2-3 inches of everything. So I guess that is good. I've probably lost more around my hips for sure than my belly. I think I'm going to hit 140 sooner than later, but I am still not happy with the shape of my body. Not really sure what to do about it, but I'm going to continue to work out and try to tone and build muscle. Maybe I'll see what I want eventually.

I didn't win the lottery ladies :( Sorry! I tried though. Salary negotiations are a pain in the butt and there are some politics involved as well. It will get worked out and they will pay me what they are supposed to it just might take longer than I want. I'm still making more than I was since I'm working 8 more hours a week plus I have benefits so this is a huge step in the right direction. DH & I are talking about taking our trip to Maui in August so we can start trying to get pregnant again in the fall. Since I'm high risk, I don't want to fly at all while pregnant (thinking really positive here that I'll get pregnant before Dec). So I am really excited about all of this salary negotiations aside ;) I also think that I feel more confident trying again because I am in better health and at a better weight. I am also hopeful that I will be able to keep my weight under control while pregnant which I surely would have never done before now.

Alright I'll shut up! :blah: I'm working the front desk this morning and it's quiet so I have lots of time to blab. I'm sorry that you ladies can't get on at work. I probably waste too much time on the Internet at my job, but so does my boss so there really aren't any limits around here! :lol: Plus being a librarian they can't really restrict my access.

Have a great day ladies!

05-03-2005, 08:57 PM
Good Evening Chickies!!!

Kerry don't feel bad about the lower tummy! That is all me, I have never had a flat enough lower belly to see the bottom part of my six pack. But in due time it gets small enough that I don't much care anymore! I guess that has come with age and a few child bearing stretch marks that I wouldn't care to show off on the lower tummy! But, I will have to admit this is coming real close to beating my longest stretch of steady working out! If I keep up this pace just maybe I'll see a little of the lower abs six pack ;) ! And don't worry about the lottery, I had all intensions of trying again this week! A little secrect I didn't learn until after I was done having kids, you don't have to eat for two! That is such bull, no wonder we look like whales when were done! Just keep eating healthy and moving (walking, biking, and what ever else your doctor allows) In the mean time stick with the weights and cardio, your body will start changing shape! It is sooo wild to see it happen, you almost can't believe it!

Oh and now I'm REALLY JEALOUS! Marie is napping toooo!!! :D

Ok, tomorrow is my early day so I've got to get some things ready for the morning so we can get out the door on time!!! Check in with you tomorrow!

05-03-2005, 10:26 PM
Hey everybody!! Just a quick post because DH needs to finish a paper for class. I have decided that the worst 4 letter words I know are w-o-r-k and d-i-e-t. They both drive me crazy!!!!! Anyway I spent most of my time catching up since my last post yesterday and that took up my "allotted time" tonight. I'll check back in tomorrow night.

05-04-2005, 03:16 PM
Southbeach is going really well so far. I've lost 7 of the 9 pounds I had gained back. The scale showed 153 this morning. I definitely won't be down to 140 by the end of May, but hopefully I'll be in the 140's somewhere. I'll even take 148. I'm still having a few cravings, but they're not as bad as they were. It's mainly when I'm checking out at a store that it's hard. I can tell that I'm going to get sick of eggs over the next 2 weeks, but I don't really like any of the other breakfast options. I mean cottage cheese is gross! After 2 weeks I can add back in fruit and oatmeal and whole grain bread so it will be much better!

Marie-Congrats on the loss!!!! That's wonderful!

Robin-Did you make it O.K. through the withdrawals? They're rough, aren't they? They were on me anyway.

Judy-I haven't seen a nutritionist. I'm a RN and I have had nutrition classes. I know what I'm supposed to do.....I just don't always do it, lol. I usually do eat a handful of almonds or 2 tbsp. of peanut butter after my workouts. It does help. Thanks for the great advice though.

Paige-Good luck cutting back on the diet cokes. That's a hard one. I used to live off of those things. Somehow, I managed to wean myself off. I worked with a trainer for a couple of weeks a few months back and she had me drinking 120 oz. of water each day. I think that's when I quit sodas. I couldn't seem to fit them in. That was A LOT of water.

Lori-Congrats on the 1 1/2 pounds! You're doing so good!

Kerry-That would be awesome to take a trip to Maui...How fun! My son and I are taking our usual trip to Branson this summer. We always have so much fun there though. I can't wait! That was a great link you posted too....great info!

Hope everyone has a great day! :D

05-04-2005, 08:04 PM
Real quickly--Hi, everybody! I had a good time at the game Monday night, we had fabulous seats, I didn't overeat, and the Wizards won, so a good night all around. Yesterday a co-worker surprised me with live Maine lobster, so I dispatched and boiled him last night (after naming him Sparky) and will be enjoying him for dinner again tonight.

I'm dealing with shin splints, though, so I will have to cut back on the walking :( . I have been going to Curves, which I don't think will be as aggravating to my legs as walking on concrete.

Sorry this is so short, I'll come back for personals when I can. But I took the time to read al your posts, you're really helping me keep focused on my goal!


05-05-2005, 12:34 AM
Hi all, just a quick note to say that I'm still on plan and been doing good. Work has been busy so I'm exhausted at night. I have another day off tomorrow, so I'll probably write more then.

Kim, way to go on the weight loss. Sounds like SB is helping you.

Judy, I hope your legs start to feel better. That sure does make exercising hard.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

05-05-2005, 07:21 PM
I'm still on plan also. My bodies a little achy today, and I think it's telling me I need to take a day off from exercise. Even though South beach isn't supposed to be low carb, it's a lot less carbs than what I'm used to. I figure I need to take it a little easier on the exercise during the first two weeks, while I'm getting over the cravings. I wasn't thinking about it until I went to the gym twice yesterday and did over 2 hours total. I'm paying for it today. I'm feeling so much better mentally though. It's amazing how much better you feel when you don't eat all of that processed junk. I've got to work a 12 tonight and tomorrow night and I've already cooked my chicken breasts and for tonight I've made a big salad and packed some almonds, some spinach, and some string cheese. I'm loving this. I just found out we're having another potluck at work Sunday though. I swear those girls will look for any excuse to eat junk food. I pray I'll have enough willpower to stay on program. Wish me luck girls!

Judy-hope your legs feel better soon. I'm glad you had a good time at the game.

Marie-hope you're enjoying your day off!

05-05-2005, 08:01 PM
Hey Chickies!

Looks like a busy week for all!!!

Way to go Kim, but yes don't over work it, the first two weeks are pretty strict!

Judy, that's awful about the splints, I've heard they are very painful! Hope that goes away soon! Glad to hear you had fun at the game!

Marie, glad your still doing good with DH home!! And let me just mention about jealousy, first naps, now days off. I'm starting to think I need to look for a new job :D !!!

Speaking of jobs, we got a new phone system at work today, CRAZY, they were working, then not, the training left many unanswered questions, and alot of people on eternal hold until I figured out how to relocate them! But it wasn't too bad, most customers got a chucle out of my "give my your number, we got new phones today" line. I got some frustrating news last night, my renters (my sister-in-law) are going to be moving at the end of the summer. It is good for her, but now I have to get a grip and decide which place I want to keep. I don't think I want to be a land lord any more, thank goodness she was family and was extra understanding when there was a problem. We had to pay for repairs out of pocket, we weren't making any money from them. So we have some big decisions to make in the next couple of months! The worst thing, no matter which place we keep they both need work!

Ok, I'm going to get my work done, CSI night tonight!

05-05-2005, 08:06 PM
DH says that I probably didn't go over on calories I just ate a lot in one sitting which is unusual anymore. We went out to eat for Cinco de Mayo. I had a margarita, one chick taco and one chick tostada but didn't eat that shell. I had an enchilada on my plate too but boxed it up for lunch tomorrow! ;) I'd only had 500 cal today up until then so I probably didn't go over on calories today and don't really want to eat anymore tonight. DH & I needed to go out and do something. We've been in a rut and decided tonight that we need to have more fun together. That is our goal for the summer: enjoy our time together more and have fun!

I'm so glad tomorrow is Friday. I'm going to have to watch it though because DH is DJing tomorrow and I have such a hard time staying away from the Martinis at the club! :devil: I am looking forward to getting dressed up and going out though! :cool:

It's been quiet around here. I hope everyone's doing well. I've not been exercising as much this week because I've been busy, tired and generally making excuses. I'm getting back on the program this weekend. (I have been once this week though and went walking one other day)

I'll check back in tomorrow. It'll be FRIDAY!!! :hat:

05-05-2005, 09:47 PM
Hey everyone!!! Just a quick post.... Hubby and I are having issues about computer time!!!!! I had my weigh in today and I lost 3.6lbs. !!!! I feel like I have finally gotten past that plateau I hit in April. I have lost a total of 38lbs. and 32 on my offical WW card. I also hit (went past, actually) my 10% WW goal and got my WW key chain!!! Yipee!!! Next week is our last at work meeting and then we will need to join at WW location. Several of us are going to go together on Saturday mornings. If hubby will let me back on later I will try to respond to all the posts! If not I will tomorrow. Hang in there everyone!!!!

05-06-2005, 11:15 AM
Good morning and HAPPY FRIDAY!!! :D

I am so glad that it's Friday and to top it off we have worked out the details of my salary. Still some issues to work through with benefits enrollment, but I am sure that it will get taken care of before they actually kick in.

I've fallen off the exercise wagon and am feeling bad about it. I've gotta get back in the groove. I hope everyone else is doing well. :)

Have a great weekend and I'll check in to see how you're all doing!

05-06-2005, 09:39 PM
Yea, it's finally FRIDAY!!!

I'm sooo bad, I slept in this morning!! I could just kick my slef sometimes!!!

Paige, tell DH if he dosen't share he will have to consider a lap top purchase :D !!! Way to go on the loss, 10% is awsome!!! Are they going to pick the meetings back up when school starts again in the fall??

Kerry, don't worry about falling off the wagon, just get your butt back on a.s.a.p., or you'll keep dragging your feet. I'm an expert at falling off the work-out wagon :lol: !!!! Way to go on the salary negotiations!

I went out to our old house with DH tonight and wound up mowing the grass! Talk about no life on a Friday night!! I need to work out, it's really getting late, so I'll check in tomorrow, lots of yard work planned!

05-06-2005, 10:21 PM
Hey everyone!!!! Awfully quiet around here!!!! Hi Kerry and Lori! :wave: :wave: :wave: I have a busy weekend planned. DH is graduating!!!!! About damn time!!!! It only took 16 years!!! Now if he just knew what he wanted to do when he grows up we would be set!!!!! Anyway I hope everyone has great plans lined up for the weekend! I'll check back in later.

05-07-2005, 07:40 PM
I'm still on program girls. I've got lots of temptations ahead of me over the next 36 hours though. Tonight, my sister and I are taking my mom out for a Mother's Day dinner. I'm the designated driver so maybe I won't be quiet as tempted. Tomorrow night is another birthday potluck at work, and it's on Sunday which is the hardest day for me. Today was day 7 of South Beach. I'm definitely ready for Phase 2. I'm missing my fruit filled yogurt, Fiber One cereal, and oatmeal.....7 more days.....I can do it!

Paige-WOOOOOOHOOOOOOO on the 3.6 pound weight loss! That's awesome!

Lori-Sleeping in is great every once in a while. I did the same thing today, and unfortunately I didn't have time to work out. I'm usually a slacker working out on the weekends anyway. They tend to be so busy since I work most of them.

Kerry-Congrats on working out the salary negotiations. I know that has to be such a relief. You can get right back on that exercise wagon. Think how much better you'll feel. Since I didn't work out today, I guess I should listen to my own advice, lol.

05-08-2005, 12:40 AM
Good Evening Chickies!!!

I just finished working out and it's 11:30 pm my time! We busted butt today clearing brush at our old house! We worked from about 10 am to 4 pm. I came home to get a bite to eat, and fell asleep for almost 2 hours! (it has to be bad for me to nap!) I normally lay around, but usually never fall asleep! It's funny how working-out has taken the need for a nap away. I used to be the cat nap queen, but I still get that dragging butt feeling at the end of the day. But now I come home and work-out and get a whole new string of energy! Man everybody must have been busy today, not many posts! Oh I'm gonna fall off my chair laughing, the cat is snoring! Have you ever??? Yea, she's all mine, I could take the paint off the ceiling when I'm really tired.

Paige, congratulations on DH graduating!! I still have issues with knowing what I want to be when I grow up!!! I wonder if you ever really figure that out? Although I tell everybody that if we get recycled after death, I'm comming back as a lazy fat cat!!! What a life, lay on my bed all day, be feed whith out doing any work, have some one else clean up poop, and not have any bills to worry about!

Kim, good luck with the second week! I have some serious will power, but not enough for South Beach!!!

Ok, even whith the nap today I'm still feeling the need to get to bed! I'll check back tomorrow!!!

05-08-2005, 10:46 AM
Well I'll be honest, I've fallen off the wagon. I still haven't been to the gym and I ate just awful yesterday. I was a bit hung over and it felt good to eat what I wanted and there was no way I was dragging my sorry *** to the gym with a headache. Plus my nasal allergies are making me stuffy and miserable!

I did lay out in the sun and work on my tan yesterday which helps me so much to feel better about myself. I know it's shallow, but it works for me - it has since I was about 14! :lol: I know I won't be as awful today, but I'll get back on plan tomorrow for sure. New week new attitude.

Today I have to do some web work, work on my tan a little ;) and go to the Super Wal-Mart because we need everything from printer paper to coffee. Thank God I got paid more!! :D So that I can afford one of those trips to the Wally World where you check out and *gasp* at the total! :devil:

I hope you're all doing better than me. I think I needed to stop taking it so seriously for a few days and cut loose. I was feeling really uptight and stuffy about the whole losing weight thing. Now I have a chance to start again instead of keep going and for some reason that feels better and more doable.

If only it were Saturday again or weekends were longer. . . *sigh*

05-08-2005, 12:35 PM
Good Moring Chickies! Happy Mother's Day!!!!

Well it's just beautiful and I have a ton of things to do! Just wanted to say hey! And Kerry, tomorrow is another day, but your right, it's not another Sat.! Hope this weeks goes better for you getting back on the wagon and in the swing of things. I'm also doing a wally world trip today too! YUCK!!!

Ok, I'm going to run, I'll check back tonight!!!

05-08-2005, 04:47 PM
Kerry-don't worry about this weekend. It happens to me all the time. It's funny that you said that about being uptight and stuffy about the losing weight thing because my mom and sister just told me last night that I worried entirely too much about it. I think we do need to cut ourselves some slack every once in a while. We need to enjoy life too. I'd be miserable if I ate "healthy" 100% of the time. I do love my chocolate.

Well, I made it through last night and didn't cheat. I ate a grilled chicken breast and green beans and even passed on the glass of wine. So far, so good today too. Tonight will be the true test. Wish me luck!

6.5 more days of Phase I......hurry please!

05-08-2005, 11:55 PM
Hi eveyone, I hope you all had a great mother's day.

Kerry, don't worry about falling off track for a couple days. Life is too short to get all uptight about it. And besides, you got to work on your tan. That must mean you have sun where you are. We have rain and more rain in the desert. I really miss the sun.

Lori, I also hit Wally's world today but only after I'd been to Costco. That's the place I really gasp at the total.

Kim, way to go on staying on the SB diet. The first couple weeks of any diet is tough but you're close to finishing that phase one. Are you going to like phase 2 better?

Well, I had a more eating type of weekend but didn't do too horrible (unless you look at today's nutritional content - that was bad - calories weren't too high). DH and I had our 22nd anniversary and we clebrated in Reno (where it was also cloudy in the desert but since it's not too far away I didn't hold a lot of hope for warm sunshine). We had a great italian dinner last night and I didn't eat all my food. This morning, we used the hotel's health club and I rode an exercycle. Then we lounged in a spa. It was a great way to start the day. Anyway, calorie wise it wasn't too bad. Could have been better if I was perfect, but since I'm not, c'est la vie.

Between the anniversary and mother's day, I have oodles of flowers. At costco, I got 24 roses and a lead crystal vase to hold them all. They are gorgeous. Then I got a fuschia plant from DH and a cyclemen (sp?) from DS and his girlfriend. I just adore flowers so it was a perfect weekend.

I have tomorrow and Wednesday off this week, except for an inservice that I'm presenting on Wed. afternoon. Pretty soon I will be through all my leave time and I'll have to work at least four days a week. But for now, it's use it or lose it and I'm not generous. I'm not going to work for free so I'm using it. I don't know what I'm going to do tomorrow, but Lori, be assured that I will be taking a nap. I just love naps. Eating healthy and exercising haven't changed that.

Talk to you all later.

05-09-2005, 07:10 AM
Good Morning Chickies :coffee: !!!

Another Monday yuck! But the scale was so nice to me this morning I'll have to enjoy the day. 2 & 1/2 lb. loss. Man, I thought I wasn't going to make my Memorial Day goal when I hit that platue, but the chances are looking way better! I wanted to go through my clothes in my closet, but I spent the weekend clearing brush with DH. So, maybe this weekend!

Marie, I don't blame you one bit, use the days up!!! I know I would!!! Congratulations on the 22nd aniversery! That's great, I've never been to Reno and with the renters moving out soon, I may not be vacationing to far from home again this year! I want to at least drag the kids to the beach, we have never taken them to the beach and I think they would enjoy it!

Kim, phase 2 is a day closer everyday! How did last night go?

Kerry, remember butt back on the wagon today!!! It's a new week and you're going to be making a fresh new start. (hope this is motivating enough, it's 6am and I'm sleepy)

Well TOM has come and gone this week, that has to be one of my favorite things that working out has helped! TOM dosen't hang out as long and isn't near as heavy!

Ok, I'm going to get ready for work, chat with you all later!!!

05-09-2005, 11:36 AM
Well I HAVE to get back on plan and if that means logging all that I eat everyday again, that's what I have to do. The scale did not look pretty this morning, but I am not doing an official WI until the middle of the week. TOM is fast approaching and I am surely holding some water weight from my awful eating these past few days. I'll probably have to move my ticker in the wrong direction, but hopefully not too much. :mad: I'm wondering if I'll make the Memorial day goal of 140 now :( That sux!!

I'm feeling really down about this. I don't know how I could have gotten so off track. I'm going to kick my own butt Lori! I must be held accountable. No more thinking I can add the calories up in my head and be ok. No going over 1400 if I don't work out. No more regular Cokes or Klondike bars :o BAD BAD Kerry!!! No more skipping the gym almost every day I'm supposed to go. :s: I gotta get my act together and stop being satisfied with how I look and KNOW that I can look and feel better.

05-09-2005, 12:44 PM
Believe it or not, I resisted temptation last night. I can't believe it myself. There was so much food last night.....bakery cake with whipped icing, chips and rotel, ice cream, sugar cookies (my favorite), and I resisted every bit of it. I stuck with my grilled chicken, salad, and blackeyed peas. After work, I went to the gym and did a step aerobics class. I know I can do it now. 5.5 more days! I mainly miss my Fiber 1, oatmeal, and blackberry yogurt. I can't wait!

Marie-Happy Anniversary!!!! :hat:

Lori-Congrats on the 2.5 pound loss!!!! :woo: :cheer: I would so love to be 143!

Kerry-You just have to forget about yesterday and focus on today. I know that from experience. It will be harder to get back on track if you are beating yourself up. Today is a new day. You can do it! :yes:

05-09-2005, 08:58 PM
Hey everyone!!! Just caught up on everyones post since Saturday. Yesterday was a great but hectic day. My darling hubby at the age of 35 graduated from college!!!!!! Wooooo Hooooo!!!!!! He has worked so hard to get this done. It is really hard when you work all day to find classes at night, but he did and now he is a college graduate!

We went out to dinner at our favorite mexican place and I had the best seafood enchiladas!!!! They were worth every point!!! And if WI is bad on Thursday...oh well. I agree with some of you ladies about taking this diet thing to seriously!! I am always so uptight about my points, but yesterday I did what I wanted and I don't feel guility at all!!!! ( thats a big step for me)When I started this journey I knew it would be a long one (life long actually) and I have to let myself endulge once in awhile as long as I stay focused and get back on plan. I enjoy good food!!! Of course, that helped me get to where I am but life is too short to never have the things we love!!! I guess it is all about moderation. Well anyway I need to give the kids a bath before bedtime and I just wanted to pop on quickly to check in. Enjoy the rest of the evening!!!

05-09-2005, 09:30 PM
Hey All!!! Remember Me??????????????????

I thought my life was crazy before, but now insane is nowhere close!!!!

My Father is in the hospital in Nashville, Tn, airlifted out a couple of weeks ago after his heart stopped. He has coded (as in code blue) again twice since he has been there. He is going to have a defibrillator implanted tomorrow.

My days have been driving back and forth, I am taking turns with my sisters staying at the hospital. So needless to say, my computer time is lacking! It is almost 9 pm here now, and I am still in Lexington, an hour and a half away from home. I just decided that I will get a room her tonight, do some work in the morning before the 5 1/2 hour trip to Nashville.

I am very happy for all the weight losses! You gals are doing great! I think when I actually find my way home to the scale, I will be pleased, since my clothes are really starting to hang on me. (Maybe it is because I don't have time to change, and they are just all stretched out!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Bear with me girls, I will be back someday, but I really did want to take a minute to let you all know why I have been MIA!


05-09-2005, 09:57 PM
Joetta - I am so sorry about your father. We have missed you around here and had no idea that things were so rough for you. You and your family are in my thoughts and I hope that things improve. You are really running yourself ragged - take care girl. (((Hugs)))

Paige - Congrats to your hubby!! Graduating college is such a great accomplishment at any age, but I think especially for non-traditional students. I have one here in my house working on his BFA and it can get tough and he's not even working FT. Tell him I said Congrats and Hooray!!

Kim - You are doing great!! Keep it up! You're my inspiration right now to kick my butt back in gear, get back on plan and be GOOD. I don't think I could do SB though so I have to count those calories.

Marie - Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful way to celebrate - spa time!! Yeah! And Italian is my favorite dinner for celebrations. As kid I always celebrated my birthdays at Olive Garden.

Lori - It sounds like you are doing GREAT!! I am so jealous! I bet you will make the Memorial Day goal - no problem!! Keep it up! :)

I stayed under 1400 calories today and worked out HARD for 30 minutes. I did 1.5 miles on the elyptical and 1 mile on the bike and worked the abs. I just have to keep it up too! ;)

See you tomorrow chickies!

05-10-2005, 12:44 AM
Today has been a really good one. I'm feeling so much better since I've started eating a new and improved person. The scale showed I've lost another pound also...WoooHoooo! I love it! :D

Paige-Congrats on DH finally graduating. That's great! Your seafood enchil. sounds delicious. That's the great thing about WW is those Flex points. My problem was that I always ate about 60 of them instead of 35. I know that if you work the program it definitely works for you though. I'll probably go back to counting points in July after my vacation is over with. WW is a lot more fun than SB. If I wasn't so cheap I'd join and go to the meetings. I'm sure the extra support helps.

Joetta-That defibrillator will help. Isn't technology wonderful? I'm so glad he's there in the hospital while he's having those problems and they're able to shock him. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer. Cardiac nursing is my specialty. Hang in there sister! I laughed so hard about the clothes being stretched out. You could always find a stand up scale in the hospital to weigh on. I almost always step on one when I see them in the hallway of the hospital I work at. They're probably the most accurate too.

Kerry-Olive Garden is my favorite!!!! We don't have one here, but that's where we usually eat when we go to Memphis which is about an hour away. It's a real treat for me. It sounds like you're back on track and doing wonderful. You girls will both make that 140 goal. You can do it!

05-10-2005, 07:21 AM
Good Morning Chickies!!

Yesterday was very hectic, I haven't cleaned house in way tooo long!! So I stoped at my old house and made DH dig up the septic tank (real monkey wrench in his plans), made me late getting home. Tossed dinner together, cleaned both bathrooms (with the kids help) and didn't work out until 10pm. I crawled in bed at 11 and just fell over! I'm still tired this morning and got up early just to talk to you girls! I do agree, you have to cheat every now and again or you would never stick to a healthy life style. As soon as I hit 140 were having pizza! I'm planning to cheat on Memorial day weekend, then back on track till the 4th of July!

Kerry, glad your back in the swing, and don't beat yourself up! I know how I am, I can't let myself stay in a rut to long or I won't get back on the wagon. As long as I keep working out, I can usually swing back easily!

Joetta, it is great to hear from you! I hope your dad is doing better! My dad got a difibulator at the beginning of this year, but they are giving him too much blood pressure medicine to slow his heart down and he is not very active anymore. They say his heart will last longer, but it has taken a real toll on his quality of life.

Paige, Mexican sounds sooo good about now, I used to love Chi-chi's, but they went out of business since the whole hepititus thing here in Pittsburg.

Kim, way to go on sticking to your plan!!! Before you know it you'll be at 140!!! I do agree WW is a great plan, but like you I cheated my flex and reg. points away in a matter of minutes every day, then felt stuck like I couldn't eat and couldn't figure out how to fix the problem for the week.

Ok, it's getting late and I have to get ready for work! Chat with you all later!!!

05-10-2005, 12:40 PM
Just a quick post to let you all know that I hit the 150 mark this morning. I get to add an angel. I'm doing the happy dance! :cb: :dance: :dancer: